University begins national search for new College of Science and Engineering Dean

A national search is underway for a new dean of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering. Dean Steven L. Crouch announced his resignation earlier this year effective Aug. 31, 2016, after more than 11 years at the helm.

“I have enjoyed my time as dean, and I believe that many good things have been accomplished since I started in this role in January 2005,” Crouch said. “I hasten to add that these accomplishments were a team effort and not mine alone.”

Since Crouch became dean, the college has secured funding for several new building projects, expanded the faculty base by 10 percent, increased the number of undergraduates by 20 percent, and raised more than $250 million to support faculty and staff, students, facilities, and academic programs.

“I believe that the college is well positioned for continued prosperity and success, and that the next dean will have a solid foundation on which to build,” Crouch said.

“Dean Crouch has been a truly exemplary leader. His vision and commitment have greatly strengthened both CSE and the University,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson.

Hanson has appointed a search committee and hired a search firm to help with the sourcing and recruiting process. The University is beginning recruitment of candidates this fall and hopes to invite candidates to public interviews in early spring.

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