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RENCI Leaders to Oversee New School of Data Science & Society

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RENCI Leaders to Oversee New School of Data Science & Society

RENCI Director Stan Ahalt and Chief Operating Officer Jay Aikat will take on leadership roles as secondary appointments for the launch of the School of Data Science and Society, planned for Fall 2022. Ahalt will serve as the school’s inaugural dean, and Aikat will serve as the senior associate dean.

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