Saint Luke’s College welcomes their first Provost and Chief Academic Officer—Carlos Peñaloza, PhD—beginning June 4, 2018. Peñaloza will be responsible for the College’s academic enterprise, including all its undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, he will guide the development, implementation and accreditation of new academic degree and non-degree offerings; the College’s assessment-related activities; and will lead the College’s research/extramural funding initiatives.
Peñaloza earned his doctorate in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the City University of New York, deciphering molecular mechanisms responsible for sex differences in stress response. He comes from Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, where he serves as Vice Chancellor for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer. Prior to that role, he served as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and acting Dean of Mathematics, Science, Technology and Health at Schenectady County Community College which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) System. His responsibilities have included oversight of academic assessment, academic offerings, program revisions, new program submissions and accreditation-related matters.
Peñaloza has actively worked with underserved populations in higher education, with the Queens College Minority Access to Research Careers program (MARC); the Queensborough Community College Research Initiative for Minority Students (RIMS); the LaGuardia Community College Bridge to the Baccalaureate program; and the City College Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP).
He has over a decade of biomedical research experience and is published in the fields of cell death, and sex genetics. His scientific contributions have resulted in awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, including the Human Genome Scholar award from the National Human Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of several academic organizations, including Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Xi, the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, and the International Cell Death Society.