​Dr Mary J. Sansalone

Professor and Founding Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost, South-East Asia

Dr Mary J.​ Sansalone was appointed Vice Provost and Founding Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in September 2013. 

In her role as Vice Provost, Dr Sansalone serves as the senior academic representative of the Provost in Pakistan, overseeing the operations of the Office of the Provost there. 

As Founding Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Dr Sansalone is the chief academic and administrative officer for Arts an​d Sciences at AKU. She is overseeing the development of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Arusha, Tanzania, and Karachi, Pakistan. ​

Dr​ Sansalone studied literature and engineering as an undergraduate. She received her MS and PhD in engineering from​ Cornell University (1984, 1986) and an MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard University (1999).  She joined the faculty of engineering at Cornell University in 1987, where she spent nearly twenty years on the faculty, before becoming Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. In 2010 she became Provost and later Vice Chancellor of the Asian University for Women, a start-up liberal arts college in Chittagong, Bangladesh.​

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