Any person.
Any study.
Any Cornelliana.

An alumni
blog about Ezra's
University. (more)


Suggestions? Tips?




[+] Cornell News

[+] Higher Ed News

[+] Campus Pubs

[+] Alumni Interest

[+] Diversions

[+] Blogs

[+] Sports

[+] Other Places


[+] By Month

[+] By Author

Engineering Dean, Fuchs, Named Provost

So Skorton named engineering dean Kent Fuchs the fifteenth provost of the University today:

At Fuchs' reappointment to a second term as engineering dean in 2006, Martin praised him for "strong and effective leadership"; calling him "a spectacular administrator [who] has made significant contributions to the quality and vitality of the college."

Under Fuchs' guidance, the College of Engineering initiated a collaborative strategic planning process to place the college in a position of international leadership. The plan led to the formation of a new Department of Biomedical Engineering, a revision of the undergraduate curriculum with new undergraduate majors in environmental engineering and -- in concert with the Faculty of Computing and Information Science -- in information science, systems and technology, and new graduate programs in engineering management and systems engineering. It also led to the creation of a teaching excellence institute and the completion of a comprehensive facilities master plan. Under Fuchs' deanship, the college also established a financial engineering master's program in Manhattan, a co-terminal degree program in France, and research and educational partnerships in China, India and Europe.

It's not altogether surprising. And I'm not entirely qualified to comment on Fuch's qualifications for the job, suffice to say that he was re-appointed for the Engineering deanship and Martin thought highly of him.

Even so, there are a couple of things to note:

-- Fuchs will be the first non-humanist as Cornell's provost in quite some time. Biddy Martin was a humanist in the German and Women's Studies departments. And Don Randel was in the Music Department as provost before Biddy, before he left for the presidency at the University of Chicago. I doubt this means anything, however. What's most important is that the provost can build bridges and get everybody in the University on the same boat.

-- Yet another member of Day Hall will come from the endowed side of Cornell. While vice-provost Ron Seeber obviously manages a lot of the University's relations with Albany, it may take Fuchs some getting used to dealing with a non-private source of funding. While he was previously head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue which had some interaction with government, Cornell and dealing with New York State's dysfunctional government during a time of fiscal crisis is another beast altogether.

-- Fuchs has a degree in divinity from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. What has become of Ezra's godless University?

-- P.S. What an interesting surname. The undergrads are going to have a field day mispronouncing that one. Update: Reader KB writes in to say that Fuchs is pronounced as if it was spelled "Fox".

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on October 17, 2008 (#)

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Recent Posts

-- WSJ: Cornell Wins NYC Tech Campus Bid (EBilmes)

-- Barrier Update: City Approves Nets (DJost)

-- Big Red Cymbal Guy (Nagowski)

-- New York Times Survey on Campus Recruiting is Flawed (KScott)

-- Barrier Update: Legal precedent suggests City of Ithaca will not be held liable for gorge suicide (DJost)

-- Despite MSG Loss, Big Potential for Big Red Hockey (EBilmes)

-- City Council Will Vote on Suicide Nets (DJost)

-- An Encounter on the Upper East Side (Nagowski)

-- Showing Off Your School Spirit (Nagowski)

-- Chipotle Ithaca? (KScott)

-- Cornell at the ING NYC Marathon (KScott)

-- Crossing Over a Fine Line: Commercial Activity on Campus (KScott)

-- Milstein's Downfall (Nagowski)

-- Can any Cornell-associated organization really be independent of the University? (Nagowski)

-- Slope Media Revisited (EBilmes)

-- Slope Media Group Approved for Byline Funding (KScott)

-- Occupy AEM? (KScott)

-- New campus pub to be good for both Greeks and non-Greeks (Nagowski)

-- Gagging the Election (Nagowski)

-- The Changing Structure of Rush Week (Nagowski)

-- Ivy League Humility in the Midwest (EBilmes)

-- Of Median Grades and Economics Minors (Nagowski)

-- Homecoming Recap (Nagowski)

-- My Cornell Bookshelf (Nagowski)

-- The Sun's Opinion Section Has Suddenly Gotten Good (Nagowski)

-- Remembering the 11th (Nagowski)

-- Cornellian Tapped as Top Economic Advisor (Nagowski)

-- Cutting Pledging, and the Good Which Comes With It (EBilmes)

-- Why Cornell Should Not Close Fall Creek Gorge (Nagowski)

-- Welcome to the Class of 2015 (Nagowski)