Dean candidates coming to campus

By The Mercury

The four finalists for the K-State engineering dean position will have campus interviews in December.

The finalists are N.K. Anand, executive associate dean of engineering at Texas A&M University; Darren Dawson, chair of electrical and computer engineering at Clemson University; Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston; and Mary Rezac, director of the Center for Sustainable Research at Kansas State.

Each candidate will participate in a forum scheduled from 1:30-3 p.m. on a specific date in Fiedler Auditorium.

Here is the schedule of the campus interviews (date of forum in parentheses):

• Dawson from Dec. 1-3 (Dec. 2)

• Rezac from Dec. 2-4 (Dec. 3)

• Krishnamoorti from Dec. 10-12 (Dec. 11)

• Anand from Dec. 11-13 (Dec. 12)

For those unable to attend in person, the presentations will be streamed live and archived for viewing later.

It’s planned to have the dean in place by July 1.

The selected candidate will be charged with leading the engineering college in its quest to meet the goals of the state’s University Engineering Initiative Act and K-State 2025 – the university’s goal of becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025.

The goal for K-State engineering is to grow from 423 graduates to 586 graduates by the 2022-23 academic year. The college also plans to increase undergraduate enrollment from 3,056 to 3,750 and faculty from 125 to 155.

The college also will undergo an estimated $40 million expansion during this time.

The expansion is scheduled to be complete by the fall of 2015.

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