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Glen H. Hiner Dean Search

West Virginia University (WVU) invites nominations and applications for an innovative and charismatic leader as we search for the Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. As a land-grant institution with very high research activity as designated by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research’s Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, we are seeking an innovator in engineering education committed to supporting the conversion of discoveries and inventions into practical technologies, products, and services at local, national, and global levels. We are searching for a leader who is committed to advancing diversity and enhancing student experience.

As the University embarks upon the process of selecting the next Dean, this site will provide timely updates and relevant information about the process. A selection of trustees, faculty, staff and alumni have been appointed to the Search Committee to help guide the process, and the national firm Greenwood / Asher & Associates, Inc. has been retained as a Deanship Transition partner to assist both the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees moving forward.

West Virginia University is committed to ensuring a highly collaborative process that is informed with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community at large.

If you have questions or comments about the search, please email  jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com or kevinbennett@greenwoodsearch.com

If you have any questions about the search process please contact Paul Kreider, Vice Provost and Chair of the Search Committee at  paul.kreider@mail.wvu.edu.

Search Progression

Announcement
Planning
Recruiting
Evaluation
Selection
Appointment

Announcement

  • Search announced
  • Search Committee named and charged
  • Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.  (G/A&A) selected  to support the Search Committee 

Planning 

  • Search Start-up Meeting - Search Committee and G/A&A meet to discuss search process and profile
  • Feedback incorporated into position description   

Recruiting

  • Position advertisement and job description drafted and distributed
  • Requests for nominations and recommendations
  • Nominees and prospects are contacted
  • Applications received and reviewed
  • Prospect Review Meeting held - Search Committee discusses all candidates and selects leading candidates   

Evaluation

  • Round-One Interviews - Search Committee interviews leading candidates
  • Reference and background checks
  • Search Committee recommends and selects candidates for additional interviews  

Selection

  • Campus interviews
  • Selection and signing of contract
  • Transition considerations  

Appointment

  • Announce search completion and introduce hired candidate   

Glen H. Hiner Dean, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

West Virginia University (WVU) invites nominations and applications for an innovative and charismatic leader as Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. As a land-grant institution designated with very high research activity by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research’s Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, we are seeking an innovator in engineering education committed to supporting the conversion of discoveries and inventions into practical technologies, products, and services at the local, national, and global level. We are searching for a leader who is committed to advancing diversity and the enhancement of the student experience.

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost. The Dean will maintain a culture that emphasizes meritocratic openness to talent and ideas from all over the world, vibrant intellectual exchange, and interdisciplinary collaborations around complex societal problems, such as energy, water, food, transportation, security, health, environmental quality, and economic development.

The College has been central to the major transformation of the institution, and the Dean provides the dynamic leadership necessary to foster intellectual curiosity and synergies of innovation throughout the undergraduate and graduate programs. The Dean will be responsible for providing effective support to faculty engaged in conducting research and will assist with attracting funding from a variety of agencies and industries to support research efforts.

The faculty and staff in the College are dedicated to providing students with a first-rate education that instills strong, basic knowledge for sound practice in science and engineering. WVU graduates are highly sought after by business and industry, with many occupying key leadership positions in top engineering firms both at home and abroad. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources includes the Departments of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Management Systems Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Mining & Industrial Extension, Mining Engineering, and Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering. The College continues to be an energy leader, driving economic development and innovation for the state of West Virginia.

The Dean will provide outstanding leadership and have primary responsibility for the academic excellence, administration, and outreach of the College. In addition, experience in the creation of entrepreneurial and fundraising activities, the development of centers of excellence, the establishment and cultivation of interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives, and the management of a complex, academic unit underpinned by collegiality and inclusiveness is also expected.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader and must have:

  • A doctoral degree in one of the College's disciplines or a closely related engineering field and an academic record of accomplishment in teaching, research/professional development, and service consistent with an appointment as a tenured professor in one of the College's departments.
  • A demonstrated record of effective and transparent administrative leadership and relationship building with faculty, staff, alumni, and donors.
  • A proven track record of publications, evidence of strong industry relationships, and a demonstrated record of external fundraising and dynamic budget management.
  • Evidence of outstanding organizational, decision-making, and communication skills.
  • A commitment to attracting and developing talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An outstanding, nationally recognized record of scholarship and success in attracting competitive research funding along with experience in leading multidisciplinary research/creative initiatives.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the role a public land-grant university plays in the vitality of the region and the state and of the importance of research, creative activity, and scholarship.
  • A rich understanding of the historical context the College has played in driving economic development through the use of natural resources in the state of West Virginia.
  • Experience cultivating innovative scholarship and creative activity within the College, including interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations across the University.
  • Demonstrated efforts and effectiveness in technology transfer activities and startups, collaborating with industries, as well as working actively with state and local government and EDC’s.
  • A background in or familiarity with computer science, computer engineering, cyber security, and data sciences.
  • Experience with accreditation and a familiarity with the ABET accreditation process and/or another STEM focused accreditation.
  • Experience in cultivating diversity in research and education and fostering entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary research activities.
  • Demonstrated efforts to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural atmosphere of the college through innovative academic programming designed to attract, retain, and graduate a diverse population of students.
  • Experience enhancing opportunities for professional development and preparation of graduate students for careers in academic, government, and industry sectors.
  • A demonstrated record of identifying and cultivating new sources of funding through the promotion and development of partnerships and collaborations with industry, partner institutions, and government that will lead to increased resources for the University and employment opportunities for graduates and faculty.
  • An established commitment to promoting excellence in teaching and learning, research, outreach, and engagement with community and industrial partners across the U.S and globally to enhance the position and rank of the College.
  • A demonstrated record of leadership in team building and strategic planning.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting West Virginia University in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For full consideration, materials should be provided by August 31, 2019. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position’s duties, responsibilities and qualifications, an academic curriculum vitae and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit electronically a letter of nomination to include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee.

Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood or Kevin Bennett
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Phone: 850.650.2277 / Fax: 850.650.2272 

E-mail: jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com

E-mail: kevinbennett@greenwoodsearch.com

Search Committee Members

  • Paul K. Kreider - Vice Provost and Search Committee Chair
  • Javier Reyes - Vice President for Start-up West Virginia and John Chambers College of Business and Economics Dean
  • Sheena Murphy - Associate Vice President for Research Development, WVU Research
  • Sally Hodder - Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Science and Director of West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI)
  • Cerasela Dinu - Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering 
  • Richard Turton - Chair and Russell and Ruth Bolton Professorship for Outstanding Teaching, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Victor Mucino - Professor and Associate Chair for Education - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Don Adjeroh - Professor  and Associate Chair - Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Thorsten Wuest - Assistant Professor and J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty fellow, Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
  • Vicky Rousseau - Office Administrator to the Dean
  • Jon Hammock - President and CEO of KeyLogic, Statler College Advisory Committee
  • John Chambers - Chairman Emeritus at Cisco, Founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures
  • Benjamin M. Statler - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Coast Capital Partners, West Virginia University Board of Governors Member, Staler College Advisory Committee

Gurdip Singh

Gurdip Singh

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gurdip Singh is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. He was a Program Director in the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the CISE Directorate at NSF from July 2014 to August 2016. From 2009 and 2014, he was the Head of Computer Science Department at Kansas State University, and Graduate Program Director from 2006 to 2009. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the ASEE Engineering Research Council. Dr. Singh earned his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1989 and 1991 respectively, and his B. Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1986.

His research and teaching interests include real-time embedded systems, sensor networks, network protocols and distributed computing. His research has been funded by grants totally over $15M from NSF, ARO, NIH, DARPA and several industrial organizations. He received the NSF Research Initiation Award in 1992 and the NSF CAREER award in 1995. Dr. Singh has served on numerous program committees, advisory boards, panels, workshops and other engagements as invited speaker at both domestic and international venues. He is a strong advocate of multidisciplinary teaching and research, and building academic-industry partnerships. He was instrumental in starting several multidisciplinary programs at NSF. He has also been involved in significant curriculum development, K-12 outreach and diversity initiatives.

Dean Candidate #1 Agenda

On-Campus Interview: Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Wednesday, October 30th

Arrive in Morgantown (Marriott at Waterfront Place)

6:00 pm Dinner with Provost Maryanne Reed and Vice Provost Paul Kreider

Thursday, October 31st

7:00 – 7:45 am Breakfast at hotel

8:00 – 9:00 am Search Committee (301 Mineral Resources Building)

9:00 – 10:00 am Statler department chairs (301 Mineral Resources Building)

10:00 – 11:00 am Student session (801 Engineering Sciences Building)

11:30 am – 12:00 pm President E. Gordon Gee

12:30  2:00 pm Lunch

2:30  3:30 pm Dean’s Office staff (301 Mineral Resources Building)

3:30 – 5:00 pm Candidate presentation for faculty and staff  (120 Advanced Engineering Research Building)

6:00 pm Dinner

Friday, November 1st

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast with Deans and Vice Presidents (Hatfield’s C)

8:45 – 9:15 am Earl Scime, Interim Dean

9:15 – 10:00 am Free time for candidate (208 Stewart Hall)

10:00 – 10:30 am Provost Maryanne Reed

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Research personnel (301 MRB)

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm Statler facilities tour

2:00 – 3:15 pm Search Committee (301 Mineral Resources Building)

Eric Loth

Eric Loth

Curriculum Vitae

Eric Loth is the Rolls Royce Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1988 and then joined the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. He started his academic career in Aerospace Engineering the University of Illinois and went on to rise to the position of Professor and Willet Scholar before moving to the University of Virginia. He has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a Fellow of Cambridge University (Magdalene College). Loth’s research includes extreme-scale wind turbines, renewable energy storage systems, propulsion, aerodynamics, supersonics, multiphase flow, and super-hydrophobicity. With his students, he has led or co-led more than $20M in research funding and authored over 300 publications. He has contributed to several books and a new book for Cambridge University Press will be published in 2020. Loth has received honors and awards AIAA, ASME, NASA, NSF, and the Navy. Dr. Loth has given invited talks at Cambridge, Penn, Princeton, Oxford, Harvard, and MIT. His leads the ARPA-E project team on extreme-scale morphing wind turbines, which was invited to for a Congressional Showcase at Capitol Hill, and has received coverage in American Scientist, Popular Science, USA Today, MIT Technology Review, CNBC, and several other media outlets.

Dean Candidate #2

On-Campus Interview: Nov. 3-5, 2019

Sunday, November 3

Arrive in Morgantown (Marriott at Waterfront Place)

6:00 pm Dinner with Provost Maryanne Reed

Monday, November 4

7:00 – 7:45 am Breakfast at hotel

8:00 – 9:00 am Search Committee (301 Mineral Resources Building)

9:00 – 10:00 am Dean’s office staff (301 Mineral Resources Building)

10:30 – 11:30 am Research personnel (301 Mineral Resources Building)

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch with Statler department chairs (301 Mineral Resources Building)

1:00 – 2:00 pm Student session (G84 Engineering Sciences Building)

2:15 – 3:45 pm Candidate presentation for faculty and staff (120 Adv. Engineering Research)

4:30 – 5:00 pm President E. Gordon Gee 

5:30 pm Dinner

Tuesday, November 5

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast with Deans and Vice Presidents (Hatfield’s C)

8:45 – 9:15 am Provost Maryanne Reed

9:30 – 11:00 am Search Committee (301 Mineral Resources Building)

David Ford

David M. Ford

Curriculum Vitae

David M. Ford is currently Professor and Kevin W. and Marie L. Brown Department Head Chair in the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He earned a B.S. degree from the University at Buffalo and M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, all in chemical engineering. Dr. Ford spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories before starting as a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1997. There he received the Department of Energy Defense Programs Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Dr. Ford was promoted to Associate Professor and holder of the Kenneth R. Hall Professorship at Texas A&M and remained in that position until he moved to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006, where he served as Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering. He joined the University of Arkansas in 2017. Dr. Ford’s main research areas are statistical thermodynamics, simulations of molecular and colloidal systems, and membrane-based separations. He has also led federally funded programs to increase graduation rates for engineering transfer students and to re-envision the chemical engineering curriculum.

Dean Candidate #3

On-Campus Interview: Nov. 4-6, 2019

Monday, November 4

Arrive in Morgantown (Marriott at Waterfront Place)

6:00 pm Dinner with Provost Maryanne Reed

Tuesday, November 5

7:00 – 7:45 am Breakfast at hotel

8:00 – 9:00 am Search Committee (115 Engineering Sciences Building)

9:00 – 10:00 am Statler department chairs (115 Engineering Sciences Building)

10:00 – 11:00 am Dean’s office staff (115 Engineering Sciences Building)

11:00 am   12:00 pm Student session (137 Advanced Engineering Research Building)

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm Candidate presentation for faculty and staff  (G78B Engineering Sciences Building)

4:00 – 5:00 pm Research personnel (G102 Engineering Sciences Building)

6:00 Dinner

Wednesday, November 6

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast with Deans and Vice Presidents (Hatfield’s C)

9:00 – 9:30 am President E. Gordon Gee

9:30 – 10:00 am Provost Maryanne Reed

10:30 – 11:30 am Statler facilities tour (beginning at 377 Mineral Resources Building)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch with Search Committee (301 Mineral Resources Building)

Pedro Mago

Pedro Mago

Curriculum Vitae

Pedro Mago is the PACCAR Chair Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering and at Mississippi State University (MSU). He provides leadership and management to the largest department in the Bagley College of Engineering (BCoE) and the third-largest department at MSU. Prior to his position as department head, he served as Director of the Micro-CHP and Bio-Fuel Center at MSU, as Co-Director of the US DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center, and as Co-Director of the Southeastern Center for Industrial Energy Intensity Reduction. Dr. Mago’s scholarship has focused on the area of energy systems and sustainability and teaching undergraduate and graduate students. He has supervised 30 graduate students and managed over $14.5 million worth of sponsored research resulting in more than 150 publications with over 5,100 citations. Dr. Mago is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Hearin Faculty Excellence Award from the BCoE at MSU, the 2010 and 2011 State Pride Award from MSU, the 2013 BCoE Academy of Distinguished Teachers Award, and the 2013 BCoE Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award. From 2010 to 2014, he held the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Professorship in Energy Systems and The Environment, and in 2014 was named the PACCAR Chair. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and is an active member of ASME, ASHRAE, and ASEE. Dr. Mago earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, and his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela.

Dean Candidate #4

On-Campus Interview: Nov. 17-19, 2019

Sunday, November 17

Arrive in Morgantown  (Marriott at Waterfront Place)

6:00 pm Dinner with Provost Maryanne Reed and Vice Provost Paul Kreider

Monday, November 18

7:00 – 7:45 am Breakfast at hotel

8:00 – 9:00 am Search Committee  (301  Mineral Resources Building )

9:00 – 10:00 am Dean's office staff  ( 301  Mineral Resources Building )

10:00 – 11:00 am Statler department chairs  ( 301  Mineral Resources Building )

11:00 am      12:00 pm Student session  (120 Advanced Engineering Research Building)

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm Candidate presentation for faculty and staff   ( 120 Advanced Engineering Research Building )

4:00 – 5:00 pm Research personnel  ( 120 Advanced Engineering Research Building )

5:15 pm Statler College facilities tour

6:30 Dinner

Tuesday, November 19

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast with Deans and Vice Presidents  (Hatfield’s C)

8:45 – 10:15 am Search Committee (Mountain Room in the Mountain Lair)

10:30 – 11:00 am Provost Maryanne Reed

11:00 – 11:30 am President Gee