Aswani Volety has been selected as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, it was announced Feb. 18.
Volety, who currently serves as interim dean of Florida Gulf Coast University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and as the director of Vester Marine and Environmental Sciences Field Station, will step into his new role July 1.
Volety was named interim dean at FGCU in January 2013 and serves as the chief academic, fiscal and administrative officer of that institution’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The Indian American professor completed the re-organization of the college to provide strategic focus to departments and facilitated faculty research, while working with the Office of Research and Graduate studies to provide funding for arts, humanities and social science for special projects, and seed money for grant and professional development for faculty across the college.
Volety’s research expertise includes shellfish diseases, physiology, immunopathology, toxicology, and management and restoration of shellfish habitat.
He is an accomplished scholar and has been funded by various federal, state and private agencies such as the National Research Council, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Sea Grant, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
Volety graduated from the College of William & Mary with a doctorate in marine science.
He received his master’s degree in zoology with a specialization in marine biology and his bachelor of science degree from Andhra University. Volety also earned a Graduate Certificate in Management Development from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
In his new role, Volety will provide leadership and vision for the college, working with faculty and staff to advance UNCW’s standing as an institution recognized regionally and nationally for the quality of its teaching, research and service programs.
He will be responsible for overseeing curriculum and program development, accreditation and assessment, faculty and staff matters, budget administration, academic facilities planning and use, strategic planning for the college, and fundraising and resource development initiatives.