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New Deans Appointed At St. Thomas University

MIAMI, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Thomas University

President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale recently announced major

faculty appointments that will continue to strengthen the University's

academic leadership position (

Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya has been appointed as Dean of the School of

Business. A native of India, Dr. Bhattacharya's academic training has

been in the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration

with a concentration in Accounting from the University of South

Florida, and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Northern

Arizona University. Dr. Bhattacharya is an experienced administrator,

having served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of

Business at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Bhattacharya's cumulative list of administrative appointments,

research, service in higher education, contributions to the

formulation of strategic plans, and publications is quite extensive.

His c.v. is enclosed. Dr. Bhattacharya's academic contacts in India

and his wide reach in global business will be most valuable to the

university's academic global advancement plan. His appointment is

effective July 10, 2014.

Professor Alfredo Garcia has been appointed once again as the next

Dean of the School of Law. He will replace Dean Douglas Ray, who will

become a member of the faculty next year. Dean Garcia is an eminent

scholar and experienced legal administrator. He is well respected in

the legal and South Florida community, with honors and activities that

include the highest grade in Advanced Jurisprudence, honors in Legal

Research and Writing, and President of the Spanish American and Latin

Student Association at the University of Florida College of Law, where

he received his Juris Doctor degree, March 1981.

Dean Garcia was the first Cuban-born Dean of an ABA approved law

school. He initiated, coordinated and secured ratification of the

school's first five-year strategic plan (2007-12); improved the bar

passage rate; and is responsible for the best and most consistent

results in the school's history. Managing a budget in excess of $20

million, he launched a successful naming fundraising campaign for the

school that garnered national attention (noted in the National Law

Journal); developed the Center for Global Justice and Dialogue, a

proposed think tank to address issues of global concern; and secured

ABA acquiescence for a new LL.M. program in Environmental


Dean Garcia strengthened ties to the bench and bar through active

participation in the Florida Supreme Court's Commission on

Professionalism and other state and local bar associations. Under his

leadership, the Law School ranked third for "Best Environment For

Minority Students" and fourth for "Best Quality of Life" (Princeton

Review 2011). His areas of instruction, publications, and other

accomplishments are listed on the attached. Among his books are :

Criminal Law: Concepts and Practice, with Podgor, Henning, and Taslitz

(Carolina Press, 3d.ed. 2013); The Sixth Amendment in Modern American

Jurisprudence: A Critical Perspective; (Greenwood Press, 1992); and

The Fifth Amendment: A Comprehensive and Historical Approach;

(Greenwood Press, 2002).

To arrange interviews with the new deans and for further information

on St. Thomas University please contact Marivi Prado, Chief

Marketing/Communications Officer at

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