New Dean of Russell Sage College Named

April 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm


Troy, NY – The Sage Colleges announced that Donna Heald, Ph.D. has accepted the position of dean of Russell Sage College, to replace Sharon Robinson, Ph.D. who is retiring after 10 years as dean.

Heald comes to Sage from Fordham University, where she was associate dean for science education and director of pre- health professions advising. While at Fordham, Heald was responsible for significantly advancing the program and developing majors in environmental science and integrative neuroscience and a minor in bioinformatics. She doubled the number of students applying to schools in the health professions, established the first Undergraduate Research Day and created faculty development programs in the sciences. Heald is an established scholar with publications in peer reviewed journals and papers at national and regional meetings in chemistry.

Sage President Susan Scrimshaw said, "I am delighted that Dr. Heald is joining Sage, and I look forward to her leadership in many areas, including furthering the education of women in science at Russell Sage College.”

Prior to Fordham, Heald was an associate professor of chemistry at Siena College and before that, at the University of Scranton, where she received tenure. Heald received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Scranton and both her master’s and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The appointment is the result of a national search conducted by an interdepartmental search committee. Upon accepting the offer, Heald said, "I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to be the next dean at Russell Sage College.” She begins July 1.