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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 5:15pm

Mercy College is proud to have Dr. Andrew Peiser as the School of Education Interim Dean, while the school conducts its search for its next dean.

Peiser said: “It is an exciting and rewarding endeavor to be able to assume the position of Interim Dean of the School of Education. We have a wonderful faculty, highly experienced and dedicated, who are fully committed to producing the very best teachers and supervisors in the region; a diverse, impressive, and motivated student body; and a wide range of programs that span the entire educational spectrum, from early childhood through secondary education, all leading to New York State certification. I am truly grateful to be given this challenging opportunity.”

Peiser was the first Dean of the School of Education, and served as Professor of Education in the School prior to assuming this new role. He also held other positions at Mercy College, including Chair of the Division of Education at Mercy College and Director of Graduate Education Programs at the Bronx Campus.

Mercy College Provost Dr. Concetta Stewart said: “We are excited to have Dr. Peiser lead the School this next academic year and welcome his leadership and experience. I also want to thank Dr. Nancy Heilbronner and Dr. MaryLou Pagano very much for stepping up to serve the School at a time of great transition and external pressures. They have served the school and college well, and I look forward to working with them as they return to their faculty appointments.”

Peiser is a former high school Principal and Assistant Principal in Brooklyn, New York, and before that, taught Social Studies on the secondary level in the New York City public school system. He has published extensively, including textbooks currently in use in public and private school systems. These include U.S. History and Constitutional Foundations, 1865-Present; U.S. History and Government; Our World: A Global Studies Text; and Reviewing U.S. History and Government. In addition, he has published various articles focusing on educational issues and has written curriculum for the New York City Department of Education. He has been honored as Teacher of the Year by the New York City Department of Education as well as by the Association of Teachers of Social Studies and the Social Studies Supervisors Association.

Peiser will assume the role of interim dean for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Roseanne Vallice Levy will serve as the new Interim Associate Dean.