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SAS Dean Steven Fluharty was recommended for a second term, stretching until 2025. (Photo by Stuart Watson)

The Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Steven J. Fluharty, was recommended to be reappointed for a second term until 2025.

In an email to the Penn Community on Tuesday, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett wrote that Fluharty received a glowing report from a review committee that was tasked with evaluating Fluharty’s performance as dean. 

“The Committee was unanimous that Dean Fluharty has the vision, energy, skills, and broad support needed to thrive and succeed in a second term as Dean,” Gutmann and Pritchett wrote. “We enthusiastically agree.”

The Review Committee commended Fluharty for his vision for SAS — Our Foundations and Frontiers — along with his management of the school’s wide range of departments and his dedication to Penn.

Fluharty became Dean of SAS in July 2013 after decades of involvement at Penn. Fluharty earned degrees in psychology and psychobiology from Penn in 1979 and a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the University in 1981.

Fluharty was also director of the undergraduate Biological Basis of Behavior program from 1994 to 2005. 

Gutmann and Pritchett will now recommend to the Board of Trustees that Fluharty’s term is extended until June 30, 2025.

“This is an important inflection point for the liberal arts and sciences, and we believe that Dean Fluharty is exceptionally well-positioned to lead Penn Arts & Sciences through a period characterized by great opportunity and change,” they wrote. “A thoughtful, principled, proven leader with an infectious enthusiasm for the liberal arts and sciences, Dean Fluharty is a model University citizen.”

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