Texas Tech Names Interim Dean of Whitacre College of Engineering
May 5, 2009
Texas Tech University announced today (May 5) that Jon C. Strauss will be the interim
dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, effective June 15.
Strauss is president emeritus of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. Now
retired, he is a member of the Registry for College and University Presidents, a nonprofit
organization which engages former university presidents interested in service in interim
Texas Tech Provost Bob Smith said finding an interim dean through the registry was
a winning situation for the university.
"Academicians who are listed in the registry are seasoned veterans in higher education,"
Smith said. "They are retired but still have the desire to serve in shorter-term leadership
"With his tremendous background, I know Jon will give inspiration and guidance to
the engineering and university communities, especially in cutting edge areas of research,
with particular emphasis on sustainable energy."
Texas Tech President Guy Bailey agreed that Strauss will help lead the college forward.
"Dr. Strauss will provide us the extraordinary opportunity to continue the momentum
that we have built with Pam Eibeck," Bailey said.
Smith said that the national search effort for a permanent dean will begin during
the next academic year.
Strauss earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the Carnegie Institute
of Technology, his master's in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and his bachelor's
degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Preceding his tenure as president of Harvey Mudd, which began in 1997, Strauss held
various teaching and administrative positions at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Southern California, the University
of Pennsylvania and Washington University.
A member of the National Science Board
, Strauss has published and spoken extensively, consulted for a wide variety of colleges,
universities and corporations, and served on the boards of a number of corporations
and professional and community organizations.
Pamela Eibeck, dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering since 2004, has accepted
the position of president of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
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