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Chief Academic Officer, Daytona Beach Campus

Dr. Richard Heist was named chief academic officer of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus in 2013. He is also a professor of engineering. In previous positions at Embry-Riddle, he was chancellor (2012), executive vice president and chief academic officer (2009) as well as provost and senior vice president (2007).

As chief academic officer, he oversees all academic student and staff matters, in addition to the overall operation of the campus. His responsibilities include all academic and student support — including the appointment, evaluation, management and promotion of faculty; the evaluation and development of curricula; the growth of scholarly research; and the management of all student life operations. He also establishes and maintains the quality of University-wide academic activities, ensuring accreditation compliance and sound academic policy. He works with the president, other university officers, campus office directors and faculty to provide strategic direction for the University.

Most recently, Heist was with Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, where he was the dean of the School of Engineering, director of the Nucleation Laboratory and a professor of chemical engineering.

Before joining Manhattan College, Heist spent 26 years at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, where he was the associate dean of Graduate Studies for the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, as well as a professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center for Nucleation Research.

Heist has a solid record of research and scholarship in nucleation; nucleation-related phenomena; cavitation; aerosols and other ultrafine particles; and educational applications of microcomputers. In addition, he has received many awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Catawba College.


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