Montserrat (Montse) Fuentes, Ph.D., became dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences on July 1, 2016. She came to VCU from North Carolina State University, where she served as the head of the Department of Statistics and James M. Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Statistics. She also served as center director for the Research Network for Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, a research collaborative funded by the National Science Foundation. She received a dual bachelor’s degree in mathematics and music (piano) from the University of Valladolid in Spain and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago.
As Dean, Montse plans to develop new initiatives to bring distinction to the College and promote the achievements of our faculty and students. She will emphasize faculty development, including promoting research initiatives, and reducing our reliance on adjunct faculty. Diversity will also be one of her main priorities. She is currently working on new initiatives to promote diversity in the Dean’s office and plans to work closely with the College’s Diversity and Equity committee. She wants to devote resources to helping at-risk students and ensure that students have mentors to guide them through their education.
In addition to her role as Dean, Montse is also a professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research. Her research has applications in such areas as weather forecasting, oceanography, climate, ecology, air pollution and human health effects from pollution.