The Marietta College Board of Trustees has elected Joseph Bruno, formerly vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Wesleyan, as the 18th president of Marietta, effective July 1, 2012. The college is located in Marietta, Ohio.
Bruno is considered an effectual and collaborative higher education leader who has worked with four Wesleyan presidents in his 27 years and has helped to shape academic initiatives at the university, according to an announcement issued by Marietta.
A graduate of Augustana College and Northwestern University, Bruno is currently a professor of chemistry at Wesleyan. He also completed a thesis parts appointment at Argonne National Laboratory, and then conducted postdoctoral research at Indiana University.
At Wesleyan, Bruno supervised Wesleyan’s 330 faculty members in 41 departments and programs from 2006-10 as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. In this role, Bruno says he recognized the value of collaborative approaches to educating students about science, and he supported faculty members who pursued collaborative and cross-disciplinary approaches to that aim.
His role was also broad in nature as it also included a partnership with the University Relations office in fundraising, and development and management of a $55 million annual budget. He secured numerous grants and significant gifts to the college in his career. He also is a lecturer and the author of more than 60 publications.
Bruno also built a reputation as an entrepreneur while at Wesleyan. He is the inventor of a number of patents and explored revenue-generating programs to alleviate budgetary pressures. One approach that he was closely involved with was the development of low-residency graduate program in the arts, and he helped design an undergraduate summer term.
More information on Bruno’s new appointment is online here.