Search begins for new College of Engineering dean


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Jonathan Wickert, dean of the College of Engineering, discussed how he would handle the position of senior vice president and provost in an open forum in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union on Monday, April 23. A committee is in the process of finding a new College of Engineering dean to replace Wickert, who will be moving to his new position July 30. 

Aimee Burch

Iowa State has begun the search for its new College of Engineering dean.

Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman brought together 20 members of the ISU community to form a search committee to identify current dean Jonathan Wickert’s replacement. Wickert will leave the post July 30 to become the new senior vice president and provost.

The committee will be led by co-chairpersons David Holger and Luis Rico-Gutierrez. Holger serves as associate provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate College. Rico-Gutierrez serves as dean of the College of Design.

According to an ISU news service release, the committee is made up of university officials, professors, lecturers, and graduate students in engineering.

In the interim, Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering and an associate scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, will serve as dean beginning July 30.

The committee will begin looking for candidates from across engineering disciplines this summer. Nominations can be sent to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected].