Dean of Engineering to become president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville

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Dean of Engineering Darren Dawson will leave Kansas State University to become president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville this summer. (File photo | Collegian Media Group)

The dean of the College of Engineering, Darren Dawson, will leave Kansas State University to pursue a future as the president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He will begin working there sometime this summer, according to an article in K-State Today.

Dawson assumed the position of dean on July 1, 2014. Prior to joining K-State, Dawson worked as a professor and the chair of the electrical and computer engineering at Clemson University. There, Dawson led increases in enrollment in doctoral and undergraduate programs.

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According to his biography in the K-State News Media Guide, Dawson made efforts to increase doctoral and undergraduate enrollment at K-State as well. Dawson took part in and led many research initiatives as well as authored or co-authored a graduate textbook, seven research monographs, four book chapters and other documents.

In the K-State Today article, university president Richard B. Meyers praised Dawson’s efforts at K-State.

“Dean Dawson has provided valuable leadership for the university and the state of Kansas,” Myers said. “His vision helped raise the profile of our College of Engineering, leading to the development of more quality engineers to meet the needs of business and industry. His service to Kansas State University is deeply appreciated.”

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Hi there! I'm Julie Freijat and I'm a copy chief and an assistant news editor for the Collegian. I love science and technology, hate poor movie dialogue and my favorite subreddit is r/truecrime.