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Citadel News Service
18 Mar 2011

Three finalists named for dean of the School of Engineering

Three finalists have been named for the position of dean of the School of Engineering at The Citadel.

The finalists are:

  • Johnston W. Peeples, professor and department head of electrical and computer engineering at The Citadel 
  • Joseph J. Rencis, professor of mechanical engineering at University of Arkansas 
  • Ronald W. Welch, professor and chairman of the civil engineering department at University of Texas at Tyler 

The current dean, Dennis Fallon, plans to step down so he can return to teaching.

The dean’s primary responsibilities include the general administration of the School of Engineering and the oversight of curricular, budgetary, and academic matters, as well as faculty development. The dean also works to facilitate and strengthen relations with alumni and the local community and leads the school’s fundraising and development efforts, working closely with The Citadel Foundation.

The School of Engineering offers two ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering programs: Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition, the school recently implemented a Master of Science degree program in Project Management. These programs utilize the services of 11 full-time faculty within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, seven full-time faculty within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Enrollment in the two programs consists of nearly 400 cadets, active duty, veteran students and evening undergraduate and graduate college students.

The finalists will visit the campus in the coming weeks.

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