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Dr. Philip L. Yeagle, who retired from Rutgers in July 2014, served as the interim chancellor of Rutgers  University-Newark from December 2011 through June 2013. As interim chancellor, Yeagle improved campus facilities, including the opening of a new Admissions Office, and oversaw the creation of a new marketing program, which helped to continue the trend of increased applications and enrollment.

Prior to being appointed interim chancellor, Yeagle served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Newark (FASN) since 2007. As dean, Yeagle provided strong leadership for the Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS), the Honors College, and University College, which together enroll 60 percent of Rutgers–Newark's undergraduate students. (NCAS is the second largest academic unit of Rutgers University.) Under Yeagle, FASN developed a new academic plan that became the basis for increased external funding, greater diversity among the faculty, improved student advising, renewed strength in scientific research, and a new undergraduate curriculum.

Before joining Rutgers in 2007, Yeagle spent 10 years as professor and head of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. He began his academic career at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. At both Buffalo and UConn, Yeagle served as chair and member of numerous university committees, in addition to teaching courses and conducting research in biochemistry. He also held visiting professorships at the University of Oxford, England, in 2003 and 1993.

Yeagle has authored seven books and more than 150 articles. He was executive editor of the journal Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Biomembranes and served on the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Yeagle received his doctoral degree from Duke University in 1974 and his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in 1971, where he graduated magna cum laude in chemistry. Before joining the University of Buffalo faculty he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia.


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