Founding Dean Dr. John D. Margolis retires

June 05, 2011

Northwestern University in Qatar’s founding Dean Dr. John David Margolis will retire June 30 after three years of service in Qatar and many more at Northwestern’s campus in Evanston, Illinois.

Dean Margolis joined Northwestern as a professor of English in 1966 and then served for six years as associate dean in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences before being named associate provost in 1981. Immediately prior to his appointment as Northwestern in Qatar’s dean, he served as associate provost for faculty affairs.

He accepted the position at Northwestern Qatar in 2008 and brought his unparalleled understanding of all things Northwestern to bear and led the University through its exciting start-up phase and, critically, the building of NU-Q’s distinct identity and welcoming community.

Dean Margolis is an extraordinarily skilled diplomat and leader. He is humble and frequently eschewed the title of dean in informal settings. His hallmark is that he always listened to the ideas of students, faculty and staff and provided them with the support and guidance needed to enable their success.

There is no doubt that Northwestern University in Qatar would be a very different institution today were it not for the leadership of Dean Margolis. We thank Dean Margolis for his years of service to the University and wish him well on his next endeavor.

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