Search under way for Engineering
By Charlotte Crystal
University has launched a major national search to replace Richard
W. Miksad as dean of the School
of Engineering and Applied Science. Miksad will complete 10
years as dean next spring.
Miksad has served the University well, and we owe a debt of gratitude
for his service and accomplishments, said Gene D. Block,
vice president and provost.
Engineering School and its faculty have had a truly significant
run of major successes over the last nine years, both in research
and in academics. And the Engineering School has come to play
an important role in determining the future success of the University
as a whole.
has named Thomas C. Skalak, chairman of the Department of Biomedical
Engineering, to head the search committee, which will work through
the fall semester to identify candidates for the job.
search committee plans to make its final recommendation to Block
and President John T. Casteen III by mid-December, so the appointment
can be made early in the spring for the fall of 2004.
successful candidate in this search will face an unprecedented
opportunity in science and engineering at U.Va., given the level
of commitment to investment in scholarly activities by the Board
of Visitors, the president and the provost, Skalak said.
Our top priorities for the new dean include someone who
can help us build substantial new external relationships that
lead to capital fund raising, which in turn will enable us to
build new programs and augment some of the special programs already
in place at the school.
nationally known executive search firm, Baker-Parker and Associates,
based in Atlanta, will assist in the process. The firm has completed
more than 300 academic searches, including 15 university presidents
and 10 engineering deans at major institutions.
U.Va. search committee members are: Skalak, chairman; Block; Joanne
Dugan, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Roseanne
Ford, professor of chemical engineering; Joan Fry, special assistant
to the president; Nicholas Garber, professor of civil engineering;
Dr. Arthur Tim Garson, vice president and dean of
the School of Medicine; Douglas Garson, vice president, board
of directors, Virginia Engineering Foundation; R. Ariel Gomez,
vice president for research and graduate studies; Barry Horowitz,
professor of systems and information engineering; Robert Hull,
professor of materials science and engineering; Deborah Johnson,
professor of applied ethics; Anita Jones, professor of computer
science; Garrick Louis, assistant professor of systems and information
engineering; and Pamela Norris, associate professor of mechanical
and aerospace engineering.
Two student members one graduate, one undergraduate
also will be named shortly to the search committee, Skalak said.