K-State engineering dean is Arkansas-bound

By The Mercury

John English, dean of K-State’s College of Engineering, has accepted an offer to head the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas beginning July 1.

English, the Leroy C. and Aileen H. Paslay chair in engineering, was appointed dean at Kansas State in April 2007. He served as head of the department of industrial engineering at the University of Arkansas — his alma mater — from 2000 until being hired at K-State, and as a faculty member at the school since 1991.

“It has been an honor and privilege serving the college’s faculty, students and constituents,” English said in announcing his departure. “I’m proud to have helped play a role in the college in advancing its reputation of excellence in engineering education and research.”

In his tenure, English has seen the college’s engineering programs ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report — best undergraduate, graduate and online graduate programs — and helped the university build the largest engineering school in Kansas. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the engineering college 75th for its undergraduate programs.

“John has been instrumental in elevating the reputation of the college through his extraordinary leadership in shaping academic programs, recruiting distinguished faculty and promoting research,” said K-State President Kirk Schulz.

Kansas State will conduct a national search for the next dean of the College of Engineering, for which details are forthcoming.

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