In memoriam: Dr. C. Roland Haden, former vice chancellor and dean of engineering

Photo of Dr. C. Roland HadenTexas A&M Engineering remembers Dr. C. Roland Haden, former vice chancellor and dean of engineering, who passed away Aug. 24.

From 1993 to 2002, Haden led the Engineering Program of The Texas A&M University System, serving as vice chancellor for engineering, dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. He retired Aug. 31, 2002, after a long and distinguished career in academia.

He received his B.S. degree magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington, his M.S. from the California Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, all in electrical engineering. He was a faculty member of the electrical engineering department in the 1970s at Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma. He began his administrative career as department head of electrical engineering at the University of Oklahoma and then was dean of engineering at Arizona State University at the age of 38, becoming the youngest dean of engineering in the U.S. at the time. He later served as vice president for academic affairs and provost at Arizona State. Haden then became vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at Louisiana State University. Eventually he returned to Texas A&M in 1993, to serve as vice chancellor and dean of engineering.

He was a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 1998, he was honored by ASEE with the Donald E. Marlowe Award as a national role model in advancing engineering education and the engineering profession. He was named an inaugural member of the Texas Governor's Science and Technology Council and served on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Haden served on the board of directors of E-Systems and Square D Co., both Fortune 500 companies, as well as a number of other corporate boards, including Inter-Tel Inc. and Crosstex Energy MLP.

He was author on more than 100 articles, reports and presentations and was the author or editor of three books. He was a member and past chair of the General Electric Senior Research Award Committee and chair of the Public Policy Committee, both of the ASEE, chairing the 1998 Public Policy Colloquium in Washington, D.C. He also twice served on the executive committee of the Engineering Deans Council of ASEE. He was a past chair of the Professional Engineers in Education Division of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the nation's largest state professional engineering organization, and a past chair of the Texas Deans of Engineering Organization.

He served as a member of the Technology Committee of the Bryan-College Station Economic Development Corp. In March 2000, he was named the first Volunteer of the Year by the Bryan-College Station Economic Development Corp. and earlier was the recipient of a similar award from the Greater Phoenix Economic Development Group.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Weathers Haden; his daughters, Cathy Fuchs and Kimberly Jensen; and son Clay Haden. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Aline Haden; brothers, Jim and David Haden; his grandchildren, Landon Fuchs, Hayley Jensen, Macey Fuchs, Henry Haden and Roland Davis Haden; as well as his great-grandsons, Oren Swint and Flynn Fuchs.