Mahyar Amouzegar, the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Orleans, assumed his leadership position on Jan. 9. Amouzegar was selected after a national search to identify a successor to John Nicklow, who was previously provost before becoming UNO’s President on April 1, 2016. Norm Whitley served as interim provost for the past nine months.
Amouzegar brings to his new position more than 20 years of experience as an administrator, faculty member, researcher, national security policy analyst and fundraiser. He comes to UNO from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, where he served as the dean of the College of Engineering for the past five years. Cal Poly Pomona has one of the largest and most well-regarded public undergraduate engineering programs in the nation.
As dean, he oversaw more than 300 faculty and staff, 12 accredited programs and more than 5,000 students. He also attracted significant financial support for the college, established public-private partnerships, expanded international collaboration and championed diversity initiatives for both students and faculty.
“I am very pleased to have Dr. Amouzegar on our team,” said UNO President John Nicklow. “His experience and skills will be major assets to the University of New Orleans and our community. He brings an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that will help us continue and expand our momentum.”
Prior to his time at Cal Poly Pomona, Amouzegar was associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. He also served as a senior policy analyst for the RAND Corporation, a renowned nonprofit, nonpartisan global policy think tank in Santa Monica, Calif.
In his role as provost at UNO, Amouzegar will be the chief academic officer as well as oversee a number of facets of the university beyond academic programs, including information technology, international education, service learning, student affairs, online instruction, and the Earl K. Long Library. He is also a tenured professor in the Department of Economics and Finance.
“I am elated to join the University of New Orleans with an outstanding and dedicated group of faculty and staff,” Amouzegar said. “I look forward to working with members of the UNO community, who have consistently shown uncompromising dedication to student access and success while conducting world-class research and scholarly activities. UNO’s student body is forward-looking, dynamic and creative.
Amouzegar holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from San Francisco State University, a master’s in electrical engineering from UCLA and a doctorate in operations research from UCLA.