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Edmund J. Ferszt Named Assistant Provost for Summer Programs

February 24, 2011

Edmund J. Ferszt, a veteran administrator of collegiate continuing education programs in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, has been tapped to lead an expansion of summer and intersession programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Ferszt, who most recently served as associate dean for curriculum development in Brown University’s continuing education office, will begin his new duties as assistant provost for summer programs on Feb. 27, according to UMass Amherst Provost James V. Staros.

As assistant provost, Ferszt will spearhead UMass Amherst’s efforts to develop and expand its summer academic offerings, including degree and non-degree courses, program-related classes, and executive, developmental, preparatory and certificate programs.

"We look forward to Ed Ferszt joining our team," says Staros. "He brings a depth of experience in continuing education to UMass that I am confident will help us greatly expand out summer session offerings."

At Brown, Ferszt was responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of new and existing adult programs, including non-credit evening classes, summer classes, post-baccalaureate credit-bearing certificate programs, on-site programs for business and industry, online programs and life long learners.

From 1999 to 2007, Ferszt was associate dean of academic programs at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education at the University of Rhode Island in Providence. In that post, he oversaw academic services for continuing education and non-traditional students during the regular semesters and all university students during summer terms.

Ferszt also served as director of continuing education at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1992-99 and director of continuing education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 1985-92.

He earned a doctorate in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. He also holds a master’s in education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City and a master of arts from the University of Wisconsin.