This article is published in the September 2018 issue.

Former CRA Board Member Marie desJardins Named Dean of Simmons’ College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences

Simmons University has announced the appointment of Marie desJardins, as Dean of the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences (COCIS). desJardins is a former CRA board member and current chair of the CRA Dean’s Group.

In her new position, desJardins will work with faculty, students, and the Simmons community to build a new interdisciplinary college to integrate computational disciplines, traditional and digital information sciences, and the business school, approaching entrepreneurship and leadership in a new, more robust way. The future of COCIS will build on Simmons’ historic commitment to women’s education and its thoughtful approach to empowering women to be leaders in their fields, particularly in STEM-based industries. The disciplines represented within COCIS align well with desJardins’s experience in artificial intelligence research, computing ethics, computing education, and diversity in computing.