DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > President Rob Manuel announces inaugural Shared Governance Presidential Fellows
By Emily Diaz and Jessica Peterson /
September 11, 2023 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
DePaul President Rob Manuel appointed three faculty members to serve as Shared Governance Presidential Fellows for the 2023-24 academic year. Dana Hall, professor in the School of Music; Gregory Mark, professor in the College of Law, and Bamshad Mobasher, professor in the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, will work closely with senior leadership across two projects during a one-year term beginning this month.
“When I joined the DePaul community last year, Faculty Council recommended we launch a fellowship program to advance shared governance within our institution," says President Rob Manuel. “I was happy to support their recommendation and immediately moved forward to fund and create this new program. I'm grateful to Dana, Greg, and Bamshad for serving as our inaugural shared governance fellows, and I look forward to the work we will do together."
Manuel introduced the fellowship program last year to improve areas of shared governance within DePaul University through collaboration with Faculty Council, Staff Council, the Student Government Association ,and university leaders.
Dana Hall and Gregory Mark will work together during their fellowship year to develop a plan to improve the transparency of communication between DePaul administration and faculty regarding university budgets. Mark pulls inspiration for the project from a collaborative discussion with colleague Sanjay Deshmukh, professor and director of the MS in Finance program at DePaul, where they held an open discussion with Faculty Council regarding the university transition from the financial services company TIAA to Fidelity. Mark plans to expand the discussion by addressing specific misconceived understandings of financial topics in the university's budget plans, such as gross revenue, endowments, and raised money.
Hall plans to ameliorate the channel of communication between staff and faculty by deconstructing the top-down method of communication and developing clearer definitions of the university's gross revenue, endowments, and raised money.
Mark has taught as a professor of law at DePaul University since 2011, served as the dean of the College of Law from 2011 to 2014, and specializes in corporate governance and finance. From 1996 to 2011 he was a vice dean, professor of law, center director and Justice Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.
Hall served as the Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University from 2014 until 2022, when he was appointed as Interim Dean for the School of Music. He was appointed Associate Dean July of this summer. Since 2016, Hall has served on DePaul's Faculty Council and the School of Music's DEI Executive Committee Council and DEI taskforce.
Both Hall and Mark have also served together as co-chairs of the University Board on Promotion and Tenure.
“Nothing says more about institutional governance than where and how its money is spent," Mark and Hall share. “The opportunity to engage collaboratively as Presidential Fellows, working beside President Manuel and others in DePaul's leadership to improve communication, relationships, and understanding about financial governance is particularly gratifying to us."
Mobasher has been with DePaul for 25 years and has been a professor in the School of Computing since 2008. He served as the director of the Center for Data Science at DePaul from 2014 to 2018, and is currently the chair of the AI program at the School of Computing. His strategic planning experiences include previous presidency of DePaul's Faculty Council as well as previous membership in DePaul's strategic planning task force, University Strategic Resource Allocation Committee, and Financial Performance Strategic Planning Team.
“I strongly believe shared governance is a strong value that permeates all aspects of an educational institution. Shared governance, at its best, can help promote trust and respect among different constituencies," said Mobasher.
Learn more about the Shared Governance Presidential Fellowship here.