George M. Langford, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University in New York, announced that he will step down as dean on June 30, 2014. Dr. Langford has served as dean since 2008. He is not retiring but rather will return to teaching as a Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience after taking a one-year sabbatical. During the sabbatical year he will conduct research at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Before coming to Syracuse University, Dr. Langford was a Distinguished Professor and dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts. Earlier he was the Ernest Edward Just Professor of Natural Sciences at Dartmouth College and was a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Langford is a graduate of Fayetteville State University in North Carolina and earned a Ph.D. in cell biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology.