Dean named at Industry and Technology School
(May 7, 2001)
Dr. Robert M. Desmond, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has been named dean of the School of Industry and Technology at East Carolina University.
Desmond, a veteran faculty member and administrator, has also held senior positions at the University of Michigan-Flint, West Virginia University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Oakland University. His appointment at ECU is effective Aug. 1.
Dr. Robert Thompson, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, said, "Bob Desmond brings a distinguished record as a scientist, teacher and academic leader. We are delighted that he will be joining East Carolina, and I am confident that he will provide exceptional leadership for the School of Industry and Technology."
The school offers degree programs in industrial technology, construction management, environmental health sciences, safety and technology, and planning. It has been a leader in providing on-line courses, including an entire master’s degree program available on the Internet.
Desmond holds a bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of two books and numerous articles.
Desmond succeeds Dr. A. Darryl Davis, who is now an associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at ECU. Dr. Rosina Chia, a professor of psychology, has been serving as interim dean.