Dr. Arthur Goldstein, the Dean of the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics, will be retiring at the end of the academic year.
Goldstein joined Bridgewater State University at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year as the first Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. He was the first Dean to oversee the college, as it had just split off of the former College of Arts and Sciences.
“I would like to tell everyone that BSU is a stellar University, not simply a good choice because it’s close to home or is less expensive than a private University. Many of our graduates go on to remarkable careers and that opportunity is there for everyone who comes here, if you would just take advantage of it.” Goldstein said, “ Carpe Diem!”
He credits much of his success as Dean to his faculty, calling hiring good faculty members and supporting faculty in their work with students his greatest accomplishment as Dean.
“Having the best faculty members is the single greatest requirement to having a strong college and university” said Goldstein. “Professors are the ones who engage with the students and providing BSU students with an exceptional education is why we are here.”
Goldstein has some advice for the students he is leaving behind.
“BSU has created remarkable programs, such as the Adrian Tinsley Program, which allow our students to take their education to an entirely different level,” said Goldstein. “This is very, very helpful when they graduate but the students who don’t take advantage don’t benefit as much.”
“So my advice to students is to take full advantage of what BSU offers because, if you do, your education will be every bit as good as if you attended a highly-selective University with a $50,000/year price tag” said Goldstein.
Goldstein is looking forward to retirement. He and his wife intend to spend a lot of time with their grandchildren, as well as traveling and pursuing other hobbies.
“I am an avid bicyclist. I will have the time to do much more cycling and indulging my hobbies, which include Bonsai gardening, cooking and writing fiction,” Goldstein said.
The Dean also plans on continuing some of his academic work.
“I’m also still involved with some large national projects related to Geology education and I hope to continue my work with them, as a volunteer,” he said.
He would also like to give back to the community “perhaps by volunteering in a homeless shelter or food bank.”
Since he had completed his Masters and Ph.D. at UMass, Dr. Goldstein for the idea of a position in public Higher Education in Massachusetts attractive.
“But I also was very interested in being the first Dean of a new College,” said Goldstein, “and the new building was already under construction, which was a very big attraction to me.”
Emma Johansen is a Staff Writer for The Comment newspaper.