April 23, 2014
Following a nationwide search, Texas Tech University has named W. Brent Lindquist as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CA&S). Lindquist, who begins his role July 15, is currently the deputy provost at Stony Brook University, an Association of American Universities institution and Carnegie-classified very high research university.
“We are fortunate to have an individual of Dr. Lindquist’s caliber leading our College of Arts and Sciences, and couldn’t be more excited about the future of our largest college,” said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. “(College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources) Dean Michael Galyean and the search committee were diligent in their research and efforts to deliver an outstanding pool of candidates. We commend them for their service during this process.”
Prior to his current appointment as deputy provost, Lindquist served as chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University. Before his appointment as Chair, he served a four-year term as deputy provost and led the development and opening of Stony Brook’s first international campus in Songdo, Incheon City, Korea.
Before arriving at Stony Brook in 1989, Lindquist spent eight years at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, where he became one of the primary developers of “front-tracking” methods used for the numerical solution of fluid flows. As a faculty member and chair, Lindquist’s research has been funded through numerous agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, IBM and Sandia National Laboratory. Lindquist is the recipient of the 2010 Lee Segal Prize from the Society for Mathematical Biology and is a 2002 honoree of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
“I am honored to be joining Texas Tech and the College of Arts and Sciences at an exciting time in the university’s history,” said Lindquist. “I want to thank Dean Galyean and the search committee, Provost Schovanec, and everyone I met during the interview process for the warm reception I received. It is clear that there are the determination, the leadership and the means for the university to be the next Texas institution to become a tier-one research university. We have goals in CA&S: to grow our faculty and programs; build our research portfolio; to grow philanthropic support; to increase graduate student enrollments and stipends; to grow undergraduate enrollments; and to ensure that we deliver the highest quality educational experience that prepares our students for future careers. I look forward to addressing these challenges, working with the faculty and staff of the College, my fellow deans, Provost Schovanec, and President Nellis to move Texas Tech forward in its ambitions.
“On a personal note, Carol and I spent a year in Texas in the mid 1990’s. We immediately felt at home and fell in love with the place and people. My wife cried when we left; returning to Texas has been something we have talked about ever since. Our son, Lars, who is completing his B.F.A. next month, has moved Texas Tech to the top of his list for graduate school.”
The leadership and administrative success Lindquist demonstrated as deputy provost and department chair was an important factor in in his selection as Dean, according to Texas Tech Provost Lawrence Schovanec.
“Dr. Lindquist has had an impressive career as an educator, researcher and administrator,” said Schovanec, former dean of CA&S. “The College of Arts and Sciences plays a vital role in growing the stature of Texas Tech as a great public research university, and Dr. Lindquist’s appointment will not only strengthen the foundation we have in Arts & Sciences, but he will bring an energy and perspective that will increase the success of the college and university. We are pleased to have him join an outstanding group of deans and administrators at Texas Tech University.
“I’d also like to express my appreciation to Jeff Williams for his dedicated service as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since August 2012,” Schovanec added.
A widely published researcher, Lindquist received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Manitoba in 1975 and a doctorate degree in theoretical particle physics from Cornell University in 1981. Additionally, he has provided consultation to Exxon Research and Engineering, the Petroleum Recovery Research Center at the New Mexico Institute of Technology, the Elf Geosciences Research Center in London, and the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway.
The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.
Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.
With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest
college on the Texas Tech University campus.
In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.