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Malik Named Permanent Leverett House Dean

By Ivan B. K. Levingston, Crimson Staff Writer

Bilal A. Malik will become the new Leverett House dean after serving as the acting dean in Leverett for the past two semesters.

Malik took over after Leverett’s former House dean, Lauren E Brandt ’01, was appointed assistant dean in the office of the secretary of the Administrative Board last year. Brandt was recently named the incoming secretary of the Ad Board.

“Leverett House is in very good hands,” Brandt said of Malik. “I’ve worked with him for years and I know he cares very deeply about the students.”

Leverett House Master Howard M. Georgi ’68 wrote in an email that serving as acting dean this past year has been valuable to Malik for multiple reasons, “perhaps most importantly because Bilal has been able to interact strongly with his predecessor in the position, Lauren Brandt.”

Malik and his wife, Rabia Saifullah, have served in Leverett House as tutors since 2007. Malik previously worked as the assistant director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and before that as an assistant dean at Harvard Summer School, according to an email to students from Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde.

According to Georgi, as dean Malik will work to reorganize the House Office and senior tutorial staff, in order to “keep [Leverett] in line with changes in the College” as well as to develop programming that takes advantage of Leverett’s newly renovated McKinlock Hall.

Malik studied political science as an undergraduate at Amherst College and received a masters and doctorate of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. According to Lassonde’s email, Malik will begin teaching in the Anthropology department next spring.

—Staff writer Ivan B. K. Levingston can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @IvanLevingston.

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