Robert Palazzo named dean of College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Robert Palazzo, dean of UAB's College of Arts & SciencesRobert E. Palazzo, Ph.D., who has served as interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for seven months, will step into the role of dean beginning June 1, 2013.

The announcement came from UAB Provost Linda Lucas. "I could not be more pleased with Dr. Palazzo's performance as interim dean." Lucas said. "He has worked effectively with faculty, staff and students across the college, from the sciences to the performing arts."

Dr. Palazzo was quick to share credit with his colleagues. "I am deeply impressed by the intellectual breadth, scholarship and the sense of rigor exhibited by the College of Arts and Sciences faculty," he said. "Their commitment to the students is obvious and inspiring."

Palazzo completed his undergraduate studies at Wayne State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology. He went on to earn his doctoral degree there in biological sciences. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University Medical School and as chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas. He came to UAB from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he served as provost for four years.

In Dr. Palazzo's vision for the future for the College of Arts & Sciences, he said "the College will play a crucial role in strengthening the international reputation of UAB and the city of Birmingham."