Mary J. Sansalone Named CEO at the Asian University for Women

Mary J. Sansalone was appointed vice chancellor and chief executive officer of the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The university is a four-year educational institution that enrolls women from across South Asia. It will graduate its first class in 2013.

For the past year, Dr. Sansalone has served as provost and chief academic officer at the university. Previously, she was dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis. Earlier in her career she was only the second woman to earn tenure and be promoted to full professor at the Cornell University College of Engineering. She also served as vice provost of academic programs at Cornell.

Dr. Sansalone is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in structural engineering at Cornell University and a master of public administration degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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  1. Matt Blason says:

    Readers of this should also know of recent developments at the Asian University for Women, mainly caused by a combination of Professor Sansalone’s inability to provide clear academic policies, her ill-advised decisions, and her clear lack of understanding of South Asian culture. AUW is currently in crisis with students protesting. Some are even hunger-striking while the CEO stands by and watches (naturally, from a safe distance). As a former teacher at AUW, this concerns me greatly. Please read the following articles on the situation.

    • Ruma says:

      Thanks a lot Mr.Blason to share the links. They are really helpful to reveal the true story hidden behind the screen.

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