May 20, 2010

Univ. Names New CALS, Engineering Deans

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The University announced Thursday that it had appointed two new college deans.

Prof. Kathryn Boor ’80, food science, was named dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She replaces outgoing CALS Dean Susan Henry and will serve a five-year term starting July 1.

“[Boor] is a leader who can bridge the diverse intellectual streams within CALS, as well as relate to all the constituents of the college,” Provost Kent Fuchs said in a statement. “She is genuinely focused on the role of the academy in serving the public interest.”

Cornell also announced Thursday that it had selected a new dean for the College of Engineering.

Prof. Lance Collins, mechanical and aerospace, will take the helm of the Engineering College on July 1 from current interim dean Christopher Ober, who filled the vacancy left by Kent Fuchs when he was promoted to Provost.

“I consider the College of Engineering to be one of the crown jewels of the university, and one of the finest engineering colleges in the nation and the world,” Collins said in a statement. “I am both honored and humbled in accepting the deanship.”

“Lance Collins already is recognized in and beyond his college as a university leader, as evidenced by his role on the university’s Strategic Plan Advisory Council,” President David Skorton said in a statement. “Those strong leadership abilities will serve him, and Engineering, well as dean.”

Continue to check The Sun, online and in print, for coverage of these two administrative transitions.

Original Author: Sun Staff