TTU welcomes Ghorashi as new provost

thumb GhorashiBahman Ghorashi joins Tennessee Tech University this month as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Ghorashi most recently served as executive director of Fenn Academy and Fenn Research and Development Institute as well as professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at Cleveland State University.

Prior to that, he served as dean of the College of Engineering at Cleveland State. During his tenure as engineering dean, the college experienced a substantial increase in enrollment as well as increases in student retention and fund raising. He also implemented various initiatives to recognize the faculty and staff contributions and to raise the college’s profile.

“We are excited to welcome Bahman to Cookeville and to Tennessee Tech,” said TTU President Phil Oldham. “Through his leadership experiences, he has demonstrated qualities and pursued interests that make him a great fit for our university.”

The Fenn Research and Development Institute was formed to develop a closer partnership between the Fenn College of Engineering and industry. Both Fenn Academy and FRDI were collaborative efforts to build and strengthen relationships with a myriad of groups, including students, faculty and industry.

“I am grateful for this opportunity and most delighted to join the Tennessee Tech and Cookeville communities. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and various university constituencies so that we collectively further advance this outstanding institution,” said Ghorashi. “We have to ensure that our students receive the best possible educational experience while at TTU and that our commitment does not end at the point of their graduation, but rather would be cultivated as a life-long relationship.

“During the very short period of time that I have been on campus, I have come to appreciate the dedication of our faculty and staff and the special affinity they have toward the institution,” said Ghorashi. “They are our greatest asset.

“Similarly, one can easily appreciate the special relationship that exists between the university and the community. Clearly this connection has to be fostered as we strive to serve the regional as well as national needs.”

Ghorashi received his doctoral degree in chemical engineering at The Ohio State University as well as a master’s degree in chemical engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Wayne State University. He holds a management and leadership in education certificate from Harvard University.

He has authored or co-authored nearly 80 publications and books and has made nearly 60 technical presentations including numerous invited presentations at national and international forums.

Ghorashi joined the university July 1. Mark Stephens, who served the university as interim provost during the search, will continue in a leadership role as senior associate provost. Sharon Huo now serves as associate provost.

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