Wichita State hires engineering dean from Mississippi State University

10/01/2013 2:00 PM

10/01/2013 3:22 PM

Wichita State University has named Royce Bowden as its new dean of the College of Engineering, effective Jan. 16.

Bowden has been associate dean for Academic Affairs at Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering since 2011 and also has served as interim dean.

From 2005 to 2011, Bowden was head of the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Mississippi State. Before that he was a professor in that department.

“Royce exhibits the professionalism, integrity and compassion that will be required to advance the college of engineering to the next level,” Anthony Vizzini, WSU’s vice president for academic affairs, said in a statement. “He has been successful at generating resources for his department, while empowering his faculty to achieve greater heights. I am excited that he is joining the WSU team.”

He replaces Zulma Toro-Ramos, who left WSU in January to become provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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