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David Fenske Concluding Service as Dean

March 12, 2015

With more than a decade of experience as a leader at Drexel, David Fenske, PhD, will conclude his time as a dean this summer.

A letter from Interim Provost James D. Herbert and Drexel President John A. Fry announcing Fenske's plans follows:


Dear Colleague,

After 16 successful years as a Drexel dean, David Fenske, PhD, will end his service in that role and become dean emeritus when his current five-year term concludes on June 30. He will take a year’s sabbatical and then return to his work extending his entrepreneurial leadership on subjects including digital library development, new contract research development and knowledge management tools.

David joined Drexel in 1999 as dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IST), bringing the industry-savvy perspective of a former IBM consultant combined with a reputation as a digital library pioneer earned when he led Indiana University’s Cook Music Library. He drove IST toward real-world relevance and Internet-era innovation, and the result was one of Drexel’s academic jewels — a college ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S.News & World Report, including a No. 1 ranking for specialized programs in information systems. David is the final dean still in office out of the five founding deans of the iSchool Consortium, which now includes 60 international universities on three continents. David will co-chair the March 2016 iConference, the annual meeting of the iSchools, which will be held in Philadelphia.

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