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University deans and directors appointed

Jamal Rossi starts the 2014–15 academic year as the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, a position he was appointed to in May.

Rossi came to Eastman in 2005 as senior associate dean. He served as executive associate dean at Eastman from 2007 until September 2013, when he was appointed dean of the school fol- lowing the illness and resignation at that time of former Messinger Dean Douglas Lowry.

Since being named dean in September 2013, Rossi has established a new partnership project with Chamber Music America and another with the New World Symphony, and he developed a new music leadership conference to be launched in the summer of 2015 at Eastman along with the deans from other leading music schools and conservatories.

Gloria Culver, professor of biology, has been appointed interim dean of the School of Arts & Sciences for the coming academic year. She will serve through June 30, 2015. Culver takes over from Joanna Olmsted, who is stepping down after seven years as dean of the school.

Culver has chaired the department since 2010. She has been on leave this past year. Olmsted noted that Culver has strengthened core areas of the department by hiring key junior faculty and through continued refinement of a curriculum that serves large numbers of undergraduates.

Jonathan Binstock has been named the Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery. Binstock comes to Rochester from New York City, where he was a senior vice president and senior advisor in modern and contemporary art for Citi Private Bank’s Art Advisory and Finance group. He brings more than a decade of curatorial work in major American museums.

Binstock becomes the gallery’s seventh director and succeeds Grant Holcomb, who retired after nearly 29 years.

Andrew Ainslie is the new dean of the Simon Business School, succeeding Mark Zupan, whose term ended June 30.

During his tenure as associate dean for the full-time MBA program at UCLA, the school has increased its admissions more than 60 percent, increased placements more than 20 percent, and revised its curriculum.

Ainslie has been associate professor of marketing at UCLA since 2005; he was assistant professor of marketing there from 2000 to 2005. From 1997 through 2000 he was assistant professor of marketing at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Beth Olivares has been appointed dean for diversity initiatives in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Olivares also serves as director of the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity, and as a faculty development and diversity officer.

Olivares will serve as the senior strategist on student and faculty diversity, responsible for providing a vision and a strategy to help proactively create an inclusive environment. In an expansion of her current role, Olivares will work closely on faculty recruitment, continue to participate on the Faculty Diversity Committee, and develop new programs and initiatives addressing faculty and student retention issues. Additionally, she will create programs within the College that provide support to undergraduates in all areas of the curriculum.

Thomas DiPiero, dean for humanities and interdisciplinary studies in Arts Sciences & Engineering, has accepted a position as dean of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and professor in the Departments of English and World Languages and Literatures at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. He leaves Rochester in August.

Named Rochester’s first dean of humanities in 2011, DiPiero helped develop new initiatives in digital media studies and curricular activities for Rettner Hall, the University’s multimillion dollar digital media arts and innovation center.