Announcing new leadership hires for College of Engineering, Institutional Research
by Denis Runge, UAA Provost |
Dear UAA Faculty and Staff,
I am writing to share updates on two key UAA leadership positions. Following a competitive recruitment process, I am pleased to announce our hires for the College of Engineering dean and Institutional Research director.
College of Engineering dean
Following a search that generated international interest and a large pool of applicants, Dr. Kenrick Mock has been selected as the permanent dean of the UAA College of Engineering (CoEng). Kenrick has served as the college's interim dean since fall 2018 and as a computer science faculty member since 2000. As interim dean, Kenrick led the college through budget reductions, merger discussions and the shift to alternate delivery during COVID-19. He also established new scholarships, outreach and recruitment initiatives for students, and founded an interdisciplinary center to foster collaboration on artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science across all UA campuses. A mentor to faculty and students alike, his extensive leadership experience and commitment to student success will serve the college well as it continues to support the state's growing engineering community.
Institutional Research director
Following a rigorous national search, Dr. Daniel Campbell has been selected to serve as UAA's next director of Institutional Research. For nearly 20 years, Daniel has served in various capacities at higher education institutions throughout the northwest. This includes developing and administering major research centers at two land-grant institutions; serving as the founding director for an office of assessment and accreditation; developing, collaborating on and administering tens of millions in extramurally funded research projects and establishing working centers for higher education institutional research and administrative data science efforts. Daniel's research and professional experience, with an emphasis on data-driven decision making, will prove invaluable to UAA in demonstrating mission fulfillment and institutional effectiveness and in working toward the goals and aspirations outlined in UAA 2025.
Special thanks to Ray Weber and Caixia Wang for chairing the engineering search committee and Susan Kalina and Lora Volden for chairing the institutional research search committee. I appreciate the participation of all search committee members in these recruitments as well as members of our campus communities who attended virtual forums and provided feedback.
Please join us in welcoming Kenrick and Daniel into their new roles. In addition, please join us in welcoming UAA's new chancellor, Sean Parnell, whose first day on campus will be June 14. We look forward to the contributions these leaders will make as UAA works toward building a brighter future for our students and for Alaska.