Dean and Research Scientist Paul Forestell Named
Provost of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. – Paul H. Forestell, an associate dean, professor of psychology and internationally renowned marine mammal scientist, has been appointed provost of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University effective July 14, 2008.
"Dr. Forestell brings a wealth of leadership experience in higher education, a deep knowledge of our campus community and a desire to move C.W. Post even higher in the ranks of distinguished university campuses," said David J. Steinberg, president of Long Island University, who announced Dr. Forestell’s appointment on June 10.
Dr. Forestell is currently the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at C.W. Post and vice president and senior research associate of the Pacific Whale Foundation in Wailuku, Hawaii. He will succeed Joseph Shenker as C.W. Post’s top administrator. Dr. Shenker, provost of C.W. Post since 1995, is retiring after four decades of college campus leadership.
As C.W. Post’s chief operating officer, Dr. Forestell will be responsible for campus operations, policy development and strategic direction, academic initiatives, admissions and recruitment, retention, financial aid, athletics, student affairs, and public safety, and buildings and grounds. In addition he will oversee a $170 million campus operations budget.
The C.W. Post Campus is one of six campuses of Long Island University, a private, liberal arts-based, doctoral degree-granting institution. C.W. Post enrolls 5,400 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students in more than 200 degree programs. The Campus has a staff of more than 1,000, including 329 full-time professors. In addition to C.W. Post, Dr. Forestell also will serve as provost of Long Island University’s campuses in Brentwood, Rockland and Riverhead.
Dr. Forestell is a widely published and consulted expert on whales, dolphins and seals. He is currently vice president of the Pacific Whale Foundation and was the foundation’s director of research for eight years before joining Long Island University in 1996 as the coordinator of the psychobiology program at Southampton College. At Southampton and at C.W. Post, he has been an advocate of study abroad and field experience, and organizes an annual expedition to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica for university students to conduct long-term field studies of dolphins. He also coordinates internships for students in Australia, Ecuador, Hawaii and throughout the mainland United States, and oversees the Campus’ Fulbright Program.
"Paul Forestell is both an extremely capable administrator and a gifted educator, moved by a sense of wonder and dedicated to the advancement of knowledge," said President Steinberg. "I am confident that he will provide energetic and innovative leadership to the C.W. Post Campus in the years to come."
"I am honored to serve this distinguished university," Dr. Forestell said. "I eagerly anticipate working with the faculty, administration, staff and students to uphold and elevate the high academic and personal standards for which C.W. Post is so well known."
Dr. Forestell graduated cum laude from the University of New Brunswick with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy in 1972. He earned a master’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of New Brunswick in 1976 and a Ph.D. in comparative psychology from the University of Hawaii in 1988.
Dr. Forestell serves on several university committees, including the Teaching and Learning Initiative Committee, the Outcomes Assessment Committee, and the Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee. He also was chairman of the Faculty Council at Southampton College. Along with serving on numerous administrative and committee posts at Southampton College and C.W. Post, Dr. Forestell has taught and conducted research in animal behavior at the University of New Brunswick and the University of Hawaii as well as Selkirk Community College in British Columbia and the School for Field Studies in Beverly, Mass. He has participated in nearly 30 professional workshops and government advisory groups dealing both with the scientific study and conservation of whales, dolphins and the marine environment. He has been the recipient of nearly $500,000 in government research grants.
Dr. Forestell is the author or co-author of eight books and book chapters, 18 peer-reviewed articles and nearly 70 contract reports and conference presentations. He has delivered dozens of invited public presentations and has been quoted in major news media in the United States, Japan and Australia.
He lives with his wife Nancy and step-son Ian in Southampton, N.Y. His daughters Cathy and Jordan, and son Makena, reside in Virginia, Oregon and Hawaii respectively.
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