Bret Danilowicz joined Oklahoma State University as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2012. Previously, he served as Dean of Science and Technology at Georgia Southern University (six years) and Associate Dean at Georgia Southern and University College Dublin, Ireland (an additional six years). He received a BS Biology from Utica College of Syracuse University, a PhD Zoology from Duke University, and was a post-doc at the University of Windsor. While working in the dean’s office, he received an MA Education Leadership & Management from Open University followed by an MBA from Georgia Southern University.
As a faculty member then administrator, Danilowicz has been PI or co-PI on over $12M in external grants and contracts, including from the National Science Foundation, the European Union, and the World Bank. He currently serves as PI on a $1.45M NMSI/HHMI grant to implement UTeach at Oklahoma State University, the goal of which is to provide STEM majors the opportunity to concurrently receive a certification in secondary science teaching. He has served as an external member of an NSF-STEP advisory board and served as a consultant on student retention and progression for other universities.
Since 2005, Danilowicz has been actively involved in the Council for Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), a national professional organization for deans of arts and sciences. He has been serving on the Board of Directors of CCAS since 2014, and currently serves as treasurer of the organization. Highlights of service include being a lead faculty member for a Deans and Development Workshop, co-authoring a book chapter in the CCAS publication “Deans and Development: Making the Case for Supporting the Liberal Arts and Sciences”, and co-authoring the 2017 book “Organizing Academic Colleges: A Guide for Deans” with Anne-Marie McCartan.