Daniel J. May, Ph.D.

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Provost & Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
Provost's Office

About Daniel

Daniel J. May was named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in May 2013. As the chief academic officer, he oversees the academic colleges and programs, the library and information technology services, and staff members supporting high-impact and transformative educational opportunities.

He has overseen the establishment of the University’s Bergami and Pompea Graduate Center at the University’s campus in Orange, Conn., and the acquisition of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, which is ranked as one of the top small fine arts colleges in the country. He has guided the campus-wide review and prioritization process of all academic programs and administrative units and fostered the use of information technology in instruction, evaluation, and assessment.  

He earned his bachelor’s degree in geology at Stanford University and a Ph.D. in geology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He served on the faculty at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, from 1986 to 1989, at Bowling Green State University from 1990-91 and at the University of Findlay in Ohio from 1991-2003.

He chaired programs in environmental, safety, and occupational health management prior to becoming dean of Findlay’s College of Sciences in 2003. He served as Findlay’s vice president for academic affairs from 2004 to 2013, overseeing the addition of innovative undergraduate majors, online offerings, professional graduate programs, and a variety of continuing education and consulting services.

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Research Interests

Research interests in environmental science include remediation of contaminated soil, sediment and groundwater; contaminant fate and transport; wellhead protection plans; risk modeling and risk management.

Research interests in geology include the regional geology,  tectonics, and P-T-t paths of igneous and metamorphic terranes.