Bloomsburg University Names Latha Ramakrishnan Dean of the College of Science and Technology
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Diana Rogers-Adkinson, has named Latha Ramakrishnan dean of the College of Science and Technology. Lynn Hummel has been serving as the interim dean of the college.
Dr. Ramakrishnan comes to Bloomsburg after serving for more than 14 years in multiple roles at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Since July 2016, she has served as interim associate provost for research and dean of the school of graduate studies. As graduate dean, she oversaw more than 40 programs, including doctoral programs in higher education leadership and in educational administration. She managed operations and the program portfolio at St. Cloud State’s Twin Cities Graduate Center. She also led graduate enrollment management, strategically recruiting new students and implementing retention and student success initiatives.
As associate provost, she managed external grants, with annual awards ranging between $7 million and $10 million. Ramakrishnan also worked to diversify sponsorships and build equitable educational pathways at St. Cloud State. She supported faculty and staff efforts to secure the school’s first Department of Education funded TRIO SSS grant and the Robert Noyce STEM teacher scholarship grant funded by the National Science Foundation.
“I am delighted for the opportunity to collaborate with the distinguished, passionate, and dedicated faculty and staff members in the College of Science and Technology to advance its reputation of excellence,” said Ramakrishnan “My goals will be to foster innovation and build on the portfolio of nationally distinctive and reputable programs.”
“During the interview process Dr. Ramakrishnan distinguished herself as someone who has a depth of experiences that will serve our institution well,” said Rogers-Adkinson. “She also possesses the qualities of being a collaborative problem-solver, an outstanding mentor to faculty and students, and a champion of diversity.”
She joined St. Cloud State’s chemistry department in 2006 as a tenure-track assistant professor of biochemistry and was promoted to full professor in 2014. In 2013, she was elected co-chair of the Division of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics and in 2014 became chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her experiences with professional society certifications include working with the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During her tenure as chair, the chemistry department developed and launched a new professional science masters in materials science and scientific instrumentation.
Ramakrishnan’s shared governance experiences include serving as a faculty association senate member, and working collaboratively with the faculty association leadership and faculty research grants and graduate education committees to advance scholarship and advocate for graduate education on campus.
During her tenure at St. Cloud State, Ramakrishnan secured over $6 million in external grants, including multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. She secured over $500,000 from the Major Research Instrumentation program at National Science Foundation to modernize the research instrumentation infrastructure and $5 million to award scholarships for at least 100 students aspiring to seek a degree in STEM and have a demonstrated financial need.
As an independent investigator, she established a research program in behavioral neuropharmacology testing anti-convulsive drugs using planarian flatworms as model organisms. She mentored over 50 undergraduate students in research and published research articles with multiple student co-authors.
Prior to arriving at St. Cloud State, she did post-doctoral research in biophysical chemistry at Cornell University. She was awarded the Epilepsy Research Foundation and Milken Family Foundation’s post-doctoral fellowship grant in 2003.
Ramakrishnan earned her doctorate in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India and her master’s degree in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India.