YSU Interim dean appointed for Arts and Sciences

The incoming interim dean has served as YSU's director of faculty relations for the past three years.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Dr. Ikram Khawaja of Boardman, a 32-year Youngstown State University professor and administrator, has been named interim dean of the university's College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.
Khawaja will serve in this capacity until a new dean is appointed to replace Dr. Barbara Brothers, the departing dean.
Khawaja, who served as the geology department's chairman for 19 years, said he looks forward to the challenge of his new position.
"He works well with others and he has the ability to lead in a consensus environment," Dr. John Yemma, YSU interim provost, said in announcing Khawaja's appointment. A new dean is expected to be appointed later this year, Yemma said.
Background: As director of faculty relations for the past three years, Khawaja was part of the university's negotiating team that ironed out an employment contract with the faculty's union.
Khawaja holds a doctorate in geology from Indiana University. He is a former president and life member of the Austintown Optimist Club, a member of the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown, and a former member of the Multi-Faith Council's planning committee.
His wife, Susan H., is assistant director of international student and scholar programs at YSU's Center for International Studies and Programs.

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