Speaker Profiles

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand


Rowan University

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand became Rowan University’s seventh president in 2012 after serving for approximately six years as provost/senior vice president, CEO and interim president. Inaugurated Sept. 20, 2013, Houshmand is a dynamic leader whose personal connection with students, employees, alumni, government leaders, the business community and the public has become a hallmark of his presidency. A lifelong believer in the power of education, Houshmand holds master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial and operations engineering. His entrepreneurial approach to growing the University has focused on four goals: increasing access, improving quality, ensuring affordability and promoting economic development. His success is evident. Under Houshmand, Rowan has evolved from a well-regarded state school to a rising Carnegie-classified national research university with two medical schools. For the second year, Rowan has been named the fourth fastest-growing research university among public doctoral institutions. Rowan offers bachelor’s through doctoral programs to nearly 20,000 students through its campuses in Glassboro, Camden, Stratford, and online.

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