Debra J. Liebowitz, Ph.D., appointed provost

Liebowitz smiles for a photo in front of a brick wall.

Introducing our next provost

Debra J. Liebowitz will lead all academic programs at Quinnipiac and oversee the university’s nine schools and colleges, and all other academic units and centers. (Photo by Lynne Delade/Drew University)

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ebra J. Liebowitz, Ph.D., has been appointed Quinnipiac's next provost, according to an announcement made today by President Judy Olian. 

“Dr. Liebowitz is an impactful leader who has a history of creating transformative learning programs and expansive partnerships – both nationally and globally – incorporating scholarship and unique learning approaches into students’ development,” Dr. Olian said. “We are delighted to welcome her as part of Quinnipiac’s leadership team to drive the ambitious academic vision of our strategic plan.”

As provost, Liebowitz will lead all academic programs at Quinnipiac and oversee the university’s nine schools and colleges, and all other academic units and centers. She will begin her tenure on July 15, following Jennifer Gerarda Brown, who served as interim executive vice president and provost during the 2019-20 academic year. Brown will return to her role as dean of the School of Law at Quinnipiac. 

“I was attracted to Quinnipiac because of its bold and innovative strategy, its commitment to inclusive excellence, and its purpose to prepare graduates as enlightened citizens for evolving careers of the 21st century,” Liebowitz said. “In this moment of intense disruption and change for higher education and the world at large, there is no institution better poised than Quinnipiac to build the university of the future.”  

Liebowitz is coming to Quinnipiac from Drew University, where she is currently provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew. She leads three schools with approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. At Drew, she helped create Launch, which is Drew’s signature approach to undergraduate education. Launch centers on a skills-based academic program with tools for self-assessment, personal, academic and career planning, and immersive learning. 

She holds degrees in political science – an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. Her research interests include state responsibility for ending gender-based violence, increasing accountability in financing for gender equality, and political organizing in the context of the United Nations system.