Bennett to step down as dean of engineering

Dr. G. Kemble BennettDr. Karan Watson, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced that, as part of the regularly scheduled review of terms for deans, Dr. G. Kemble Bennett has indicated that he will not seek a third term as dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering."Dr. Bennett has served with distinction since his selection in 2002," Watson said.He led the college through an "unprecedented era of growth and success," she added, including the addition of 113 faculty reinvestment hires and the enhancement of numerous facilities as well as the construction of the Emerging Technologies Building.Further, under his leadership, engineering research expenditures increased by 69 percent to $89 million and engineering endowed gifts grew by $100 million.An international search for Bennett's replacement will begin immediately and Bennett has agreed to continue to serve as dean while the search is conducted and will leave office on or before Aug. 31, 2011, depending on the arrival of a new vice chancellor and dean. Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences, has agreed to serve as chair of the search advisory committee. Watson said the process of identifying search advisory committee members will begin soon.