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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2003
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
(908) 737-3410
E-mail: news@kean.edu

Kean University to Inaugurate 17th President

UNION, N.J. – Kean University will inaugurate Dr. Dawood Farahi as its 17th president on Tuesday, September 30, at 2 p.m. on the main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. The event will commence with a procession from University Center to Wilkins Theatre, where the investiture ceremony and presidential address will be held.

Prior to being elected president in a unanimous vote by the Kean University Board of Trustees in February, 2003, Farahi had a long and distinguished career at Kean University. During his 20 years of service, he has been professor, chair of the Department of Public Administration and special assistant to the president for operations. He also was chair of the faculty senate, special assistant to the president for technology and special assistant for enrollment services. He was selected as the Kean University Teacher of the Year in 1996 and as the Graduate Teacher of the Year in 1993. The 54-year-old Farahi earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, where he was a Fulbright scholar.

“We are all looking forward to this important day,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Robert W. Cockren, Esq.

“Dr. Farahi has shared his inspired leadership vision with trustee members, and we are eager to work with him and see his plans come to fruition. We are particularly pleased that he has spent the last few months reaching out to campus and community constituencies to build partnerships that will enable us to realize a promising future together.”

The Inauguration Scholarship Dinner, sponsored and catered by OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE®, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Kean Hall, also on the main campus. Tickets vary in price and may be purchased through the Office of University Relations. All proceeds will benefit Kean University student scholarships. Please call (908) 737-3410 for more information.

All of the day’s celebrations are being made possible by the support of sponsors such as OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE, whose president, Paul Avery, is a Kean alumnus. In addition, Quality Distribution Services, Inc. will provide the beverages for the dinner, ALL-STATE LEGAL® is covering all printing costs, and CulinArt is funding and catering the investiture ceremony reception. “We are so thankful to our generous contributors who are making this such a special occasion,” said Cockren. “We are happy that the money raised will directly benefit our students.”