I am delighted today to announce that the Board of Trustees has voted approval of my appointment of Dr. Robert L. Clark as Senior Vice President for Research and his reappointment as Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Both appointments will begin on April 1, 2013 and continue through June 30, 2018. Rob will devote 50 percent of his time to each position.
Since July of 2012, Rob has served as interim Senior Vice President for Research and as Dean of the Hajim School. His service in both roles has been exemplary. Among other highlights of his work as Senior Vice President, Rob has orchestrated a review of Information Technology, supervised efforts to initiate pilot online programs, led a successful search for a new Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer and worked with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council in support of the University’s Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation, which resulted in an additional $5 million of support for our Center.
In February 2013, I also received reviews of Rob’s performance as Dean of the Hajim School from Provost Peter Lennie and a faculty committee within the Hajim School comprising Sandhya Dwarkadas, Eby Friedman, Stephen McAleavey and James Zavislan. Both reviews urged Rob’s reappointment as Dean, citing such achievements as growth in the faculty, introduction of new master’s programs, and a significant increase in undergraduate enrollment in engineering.