The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), Thessaloniki, Greece, and its Board of Trustees in Boston, Massachusetts, announced the appointment of Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D., as new Provost for the university’s four year undergraduate school and MBA graduate school program. The American College of Thessaloniki, now in its twentieth year, is the higher education division of Anatolia College, a private institution with an historic six-year Greek secondary school founded in 1886.
Born in Florina, Greece, educated in Greece and the United States and a resident of the U.S. for the past 26 years, Dr. Gialamas was most recently Dean of Academic Leaders, Faculty, and Instruction, and Director of the Mathematics and Science Curricula at DeVry University. He is currently President of the American Association of University Administrators.
Dr. Gialamas refers to his acceptance of the pivotal ACT assignment and his return to Greece as “an improved version of the Return to Ithaca, under conditions that are exceptionally positive.” An accomplished academician and administrator, the new ACT provost says one of his motivations for accepting the Thessaloniki assignment is “to give back something to the city I love, to the country I care for.
“Thessaloniki was the place that I had my first dreams and hopes of changing the world,” Dr. Gialamas explains, and adds that he hopes to bring to ACT some of the educational concepts he successfully introduced in other institutions in the U.S.
In his new position as Provost at the American College of Thessaloniki, Dr. Gialamas will oversee the College’s academic mission and goals, its academic curriculum and programs of study, its faculty, and the institution¹s related services and programs. As ACT Provost, he will represent the college in Greece and internationally; direct promotion of its visibility; oversee student recruitment at undergraduate and graduate levels; and play a key role in developing ACT’s institutional linkages.
As part of ACT’s dynamic American-based curriculum and approach to learning,
Dr. Gialamas will also be actively involved in the classroom.
“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” says Gialamas. “I’m honored to undertake the challenge.”
Richard L. Jackson, President of ACT and its historic sister facility Anatolia College High School, comments “We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Gialamas as Provost. To partner with an individual whose breadth and depth of both academic and administrative entrepreneurship is a perfect fit for ACT and its goals.
“We look forward,” Jackson adds, “to architecting a learning environment that will respond to the changing needs of our expanding, global student base.”
Prior to his joining ACT, at DeVry University which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, management and technology and has more than 60,000 students in 25 campuses and 47 adult centers in the U.S. and Canada Dr. Gialamas pioneered innovative teaching and learning approaches. Currently all of DeVry University’s graduate courses are delivered using his iOpt2mize Integrated Learning Paradigm.