PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Shankar K. Prasad, a Brown Ph.D. alumnus who has led strategic initiatives at the University in a variety of academic and administrative leadership roles for nearly seven years, has been appointed dean of Brown’s School of Professional Studies.
Prasad serves currently as Brown’s deputy provost and vice president for academic innovation, a role in which he works closely with Provost Richard M. Locke to build community and advance academic excellence, operational effectiveness and financial sustainability. He has focused significantly on partnering with academic units to leverage digital education tools to reach new and diverse audiences of learners across the world.
Effective July 1, 2022, Prasad will succeed Leah VanWey, who will become dean of the faculty at Brown after a successful three-year tenure as School of Professional Studies dean. In addition to his position as dean, Prasad will retain his role as vice president for academic innovation.
Locke announced his appointment in a Tuesday, March 22, message to the University community.
“Over the past seven years, Shankar Prasad has played an instrumental role in developing and managing a wide range of priorities at Brown, from new global engagement initiatives and online education efforts to the launch and expansion of academic units including the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Brown Arts Institute and Policy Lab at Brown,” Locke said. “He’s a strategic and innovative leader who has built deep partnerships both on campus and beyond, and he’s an ideal colleague to guide Brown’s professional education programs.”
The School of Professional Studies prepares accomplished professionals for careers as industry leaders through master’s programs in health care leadership, business administration and technology, and a suite of flexible and innovative non-degree programs for individuals and organizations. The school also supports the majority of Brown’s early-career master’s programs and the students in those programs through coordinated administrative and student support services including admissions, marketing, career advising and student activities.
As dean, Prasad will provide executive oversight of the school’s academic programs, finance and administrative operations, and student life, and work with academic leaders across the University to develop new areas for growth and success. He will also develop and manage a growing portfolio of credit and non-credit programs that align with the University’s strategic priorities and reach new audiences of professional learners.