Dr. Ali Houshmand

Dr. Ali Houshmand

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand is a member of the Kennedy University Hospital Board of Trustees. He became Rowan University’s seventh president in June 2012, after approximately six years as provost/senior vice president of academic affairs, CEO and interim president of the university.

He joined Rowan University as provost/senior vice president for academic affairs in September 2006. In that position, he was responsible for more than 900 faculty members and the programs they taught.


Born in Iran, where he attended primary and high school as an academic and athletic standout, Dr. Houshmand earned his bachelor’s (with honors) and master’s degrees in mathematics and mathematical statistics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. He earned a second master’s degree and a doctoral degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). 

Dr. Houshmand is widely published in technical, business and academic fields, and has received numerous competitive research grants and contracts throughout his career. 

He lives in Glassboro with his wife, Farah. They are the parents of two grown children.