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Norman Samuels (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1937, Montreal, Quebec

After graduating from BBHS, Norman Samuels received his B.A. from McGill University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.

Samuels is a University Professor and Provost Emeritus at Rutgers University in Newark, where he has held a number of positions. He began as a professor of Political Science from 1967-1971. From there he became Associate Dean and then eventually Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences until 1982.

In 1982 Samuels was promoted to the honour of the Provost of the University. For 20 years Samuels held this position before returning to his passion of teaching. During this time Samuels’s  accomplishments resulted in numerous advancements within the University. He developed the Newark campus into a nationally renowned research university in its own right, and was a steadfast champion of access for underrepresented minorities. His engagement in the community surrounding the University is noted as aiding in the improvement and advancement of disadvantaged areas.

Through his teaching he hopes to interest his students in politics and government and inspire them to try to change the world.

Igniting His Students’ Passion for Politics and Government, Rutgers University
A Tribute to Norman Samuels, Rutgers, 2002