UMD Names Dr. Keith Marzullo

Dean of College of Information Studies

The University of Maryland announces the appointment of Dr. Keith Marzullo as Dean of the College of Information Studies (iSchool). Dr. Marzullo officially begins his position on August 1, 2016.

As Dean, Dr. Marzullo will build upon his extensive background in computer science and cybersecurity to elevate the iSchool’s leadership in information management, libraries and archives, and human-computer interaction.

"Dr. Marzullo is an impressive addition to the University of Maryland family," says Mary Ann Rankin, UMD’s senior vice president and provost. "His deep expertise and innovative vision for the iSchool are a tremendous asset to the College of Information Studies and to the greater University."

Dr. Marzullo will join the university from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he served as the Director of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Prior to that, Dr. Marzullo was at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for five years, where he served as Director of the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. In this role, he provided leadership in cybersecurity, networking, computer systems, and cyber physical systems.

"It is a great honor, privilege, and pleasure to join the ranks of the University of Maryland’s iSchool, and to have the opportunity to build upon the college’s recent successes and increasingly stellar reputation," says Dr. Marzullo. "I look forward to bringing my technological and administrative aptitudes to a college that is helping to meet the world’s burgeoning needs for library and information science, information management, and human-computer interaction advancements."

Dr. Marzullo previously held faculty positions at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Tromsø, Norway, and at Cornell University.

Dr. Marzullo received an A.B. in physics from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and a M.S. in applied physics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, both from Stanford University. His dissertation research involved development of the Xerox Research Internet Clock Synchronization protocol, one of the first practical fault-tolerant protocols addressing this problem. His more recent research, prior to his administrative service, focused on issues in the foundations of distributed systems and cybersecurity.