Dean Depew announces plan to step down in 2011
Dennis Depew, dean of the College of Technology
Dennis Depew, dean of the Purdue University College of Technology since 2002, will return to teaching and research after the 2010-2011 academic year.
"Dennis has moved the college forward as demand grows for its specialties," said Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. "We're fortunate that as he returns to the role of professor - performing research, mentoring students and teaching in the classroom - the university will continue to benefit from his vision."
Sands will name a search committee for a new dean this fall.
Here is the dean's letter announcing his decision:
Over the course of two decades, it has truly been a privilege to serve the College of Technology and my colleagues as a graduate instructor, faculty member, and department head. A major milestone of my career has been leading our preeminent College of Technology as dean.
During my tenure as Dean, we celebrated the successful completion of Purdue’s Strategic Plan and Campaign for Purdue in 2007, and the College’s new strategic plan, Changing Today – Improving Tomorrow 2009-2014, has been successfully launched. With a world-class faculty and staff, our College is in a strong position to move forward in supporting President Córdova’s vision for Student Access, Success, and Diversity, and our mission of learning, discovery, and engagement.
In my view, we have a great leadership team in the College; and the future is very bright. During the past year, however, I have given considerable thought to my career and my role in the academy. I have always been aware that the time would come for the College to welcome a new dean and the energy and excitement that comes with new leadership.
Therefore, I have made the decision to end my tenure as dean at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 fiscal year. I have submitted a plan to Provost Sands for transitioning back to my faculty position within the College of Technology, which he has graciously approved. Making the announcement at this time will provide Provost Sands and the College enough time to conduct a search for my replacement.
A well-planned and orderly transition of leadership is in the best interest of the College of Technology and our many constituents. I look forward to welcoming the next dean and continuing to serve Purdue as a faculty member and loyal Boilermaker.
All the best,
Dennis R. Depew