Craig Boise, dean of the College of Law, has been named dean representative to the Board of Trustees by Chancellor Kent Syverud. Lori Brown, professor of architecture, and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Architecture, has been named faculty representative to the board by the provost, in consultation with the University Senate Academic Affairs Committee. Both Boise and Brown will serve two-year terms.
In addition, new student representatives to the board have also been named, including David Bruen ’23, undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and president of the Student Association; and Yousr Dhaouadi ’17, doctoral student in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and president of the Graduate Student Organization.
These representatives of the campus community bring diverse backgrounds and insights to the Board and its various committees and will be vital voices in helping the University implement strategic objectives in support of its mission and vision.
Boise came to Syracuse University in 2016 as dean of the College of Law and professor of law, bringing extensive experience in academic leadership and a passion for innovation in legal education. In his years as dean here and at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, he established one of the nation’s two largest hybrid online J.D. programs, the first online joint J.D./MBA program, one of the earliest master of legal studies programs for non-lawyers, the nation’s first law school-based incubator for solo practitioners, and a “risk-free” J.D. program granting a master’s degree in law to students who elect not to pursue a law career after successfully completing their first year of law school.
Boise is a member of the ABA’s Council for the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the official accrediting body for U.S. law schools, and was recently appointed to the Advisory Council of the newly formed ABA Legal Education Police Practices Consortium, where he will help lead efforts that promote better policing practices throughout the United States. Prior to his academic career, Boise practiced international and corporate tax law. He earned an LL.M degree in tax law from New York University, a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in political science summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Boise will serve the first year of his two-year term as dean representative during the 2021-22 academic year. He will participate, ex officio, on the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee, and report to the board at Executive Committee and full board meetings.
Brown is an architect, professor of architecture (since 2001) and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Architecture. Prior to teaching, Brown worked as an architect in New York City and remains focused on the relationship between architecture and social justice issues, especially gender and its impact on spatial relationships. She co-founded and leads ArchiteXX, a women and architecture group bridging the academy and practice, that fosters, mentors and creates opportunities for women architects, designers and students of all ages.
Brown received a bachelor of science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master of architecture degree from Princeton University. She was recently honored with The Architectural League’s 2021 Emerging Voices award, given to individuals and firms with distinct design voices that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.
Brown will serve the first year of her two-year term as faculty representative during the 2021-22 academic year. She will participate, ex officio, on the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee, and report to the board at Executive Committee and full board meetings.
David Bruen ’23
Bruen is studying political science and policy studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and serves as president of the Student Association for the 2021-22 academic year. Bruen has served as speaker of the assembly as well as Board of Elections and Membership Chair for the Student Association.
Bruen is also a Phanstiel Scholar and has been deeply involved in local politics in his hometown of West Nyack and Rockland County, New York. He interned with his state senator and congresswoman, fueling his passion for public service and government.
In 2017, he earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, having participated in scouting from the age of 6.
Bruen will serve as one of two undergraduate student representatives to the board for the 2021-22 academic year. He will participate, ex officio, on the Board of Trustees’ Enrollment and the Student Experience Committee and will report to the board at Executive Committee and full board meetings.
Dhaoudi is a fourth-year Ph.D. chemical engineering candidate in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. She was elected as the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) president after serving as GSO comptroller for two years. She also served as the GSO financial secretary in 2018-2019. Dhaouadi is an international student from Tunisia who lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) prior to coming to Syracuse University. She transferred from American University of Sharjah in the UAE to Syracuse University in 2015 as an undergraduate in chemical engineering, earned a bachelor’s degree in 2017 and then enrolled in the Ph.D. program in 2018. She is conducting research in Professor Dacheng Ren’s lab with a focus on understanding persister cells residing in biofilms and involved in the resistance of chronic bacterial infections.
Dhaouadi will serve as the graduate student representative to the board for the 2021-22 academic year. She will participate, ex officio, on the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs and Enrollment and the Student Experience Committees and will report to the board at Executive Committee and full board meetings.