Rodney D. Priestley

Dean of the Graduate School
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For appointments, contact Frances Catherine Juhasz.


Rodney D. Priestley is the dean of the Graduate School and the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and was named vice dean for innovation in 2020. Since joining Princeton’s faculty in 2009, Priestley has performed groundbreaking fundamental research in materials science, facilitated the development and translation of intellectual property derived from that research into products and enterprises, and expanded Princeton’s ties with industry, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, alumni and other partners. All the while, he has maintained a deep commitment to recruiting and developing Princeton graduate talent from all backgrounds.

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Supervision of the administrative duties of the Graduate School
  • Liaison between the Graduate School and the University
  • Oversight of the Faculty Committee on the Graduate School