University appoints new vice president for academic affairs

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

July 22, 2013 - Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, the dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, has been appointed vice president for academic affairs.

"Paul is a distinguished scholar who brings an extraordinary record of accomplishment and the capability of providing effective leadership in his new position," said Mark Thompson, executive vice president and provost. "He has a demonstrated track record of success in promoting collaboration as well as enhancing academic excellence, innovation and meaningful institutional change."

In his new position, Zeleza will oversee the academic deans; associate vice presidents of academic affairs, diversity and student retention and success; and the director of veteran and military affairs.

"I am thrilled with the wonderful opportunity to join this fine university with its talented students, vibrant academic programs and excellent teacher scholars," said Zeleza, who will join Quinnipiac position in mid-August. "The university's mission, values and trajectory; its commitment to high-quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a strong sense of community; its amazing growth; and its inspired and energetic leadership attracted me. It is truly a privilege for me to become a member of this community with its distinguished history and brilliant future."  

Zeleza joined Loyola Marymount University in 2009 as the dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and as presidential professor of African American studies and history. Before that, he served as head of the Department of African-American Studies and as liberal arts and sciences distinguished professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Malawi and his master's from the University of London, where he studied African history and international relations. He holds a Ph.D. in economic history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Zeleza's academic work has crossed traditional boundaries, ranging from economic and intellectual history to human rights, gender studies and diaspora studies. He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, reviews, online essays and short stories and authored or edited 26 books, several of which have won international awards including Africa's most prestigious book prize, the Noma Award, for his books "A Modern Economic History of Africa" (1993) and "Manufacturing African Studies and Crises" (1997). His most recent books include "Barack Obama and African Diasporas: Dialogues and Dissensions" (2009) and "In Search of African Diasporas: Testimonies and Encounters" (2012).

He has presented nearly 250 keynote addresses, papers, and public lectures at leading universities and international conferences in 31 countries and served on the editorial boards of more than two-dozen journals and book series. Earlier this month, Zeleza was recognized by the Carnegie Corporation in a New York Times advertisement for being one of 43 immigrants whose contributions have enhanced America.