Engineering Dean Search Update On-campus Visits: September 18, 2012

Published September 18, 2012

To: All UB Employees

From: Venu Govindaraju, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Computer Science & Engineering and E. Bruce Pitman, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, and Professor of Mathematics, SEAS Search Committee Co-Chairs

Dear University Community:

The search for the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has progressed well, and is nearing the stage of on-campus visits by finalists for the position. Last month, the search committee completed its initial review of a very well qualified and diverse pool of almost 60 candidates representing a range of disciplines and offering an interesting array of academic, professional and leadership experiences. Candidates are excited about the opportunities they have learned about at UB and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the search committee is enthusiastic about the extraordinary quality of the candidates.

From the initial pool, the committee selected 18 of the strongest candidates for confidential off-site interviews, which were completed recently. The search committee anticipates inviting three or four candidates for more extensive on-campus visits that will include meetings with faculty, senior academic and administrative leadership, staff, students, alumni and volunteers. We expect all of the campus visits to take place the first week of October. Each of the campus visits will include a public forum at which the candidates will provide an overview of their research and scholarship, and reflections on their interest in the dean’s position, followed by open conversation with the meeting participants. We strongly encourage all members of the campus community to participate in these open sessions and to offer input to the search committee following the candidate visits. 

We will advise the campus community of the dates and times of the candidate visits as far in advance as possible, and will provide candidate background material online prior to the on-campus visits.

Following each campus visit, the search committee invites input from the campus community. Please direct any feedback or questions to the committee at

Thank you for your interest and participation in the search for the new dean of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.