Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Dean Michael D. Smith Sept. 25 announced the appointment of Leslie Kirwan as the new FAS dean for administration and finance, effective Nov. 2, 2009. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Kennedy School, Kirwan has served as the secretary of administration and finance for the commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2007.
In an e-mail message to FAS faculty and staff, Smith noted that “Leslie brings to the FAS a strong background in financial and operational management that she acquired in over two decades of service to the people of Massachusetts.
“As dean for administration and finance, Leslie will lead our administrative functions and will be a key member of the University-wide administrative team,” Smith said. “Working closely with the academic deans, she will also help me continue to address the unprecedented financial challenges, as well as opportunities and priorities, currently confronting the FAS.”
Kirwan earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1979 and a master of public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1984.
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