Deans, Chancellor Take Top Leadership Posts

President Richard L. McCormick named two deans and a chancellor to top administrative posts this spring, completing his team of leaders as the University prepares to enter the next century.

Arts and Sciences Dean David Hodge

Geography Professor David Hodge, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since last July, was named dean of the college March 19. With 41 degree-granting departments, schools and programs, the College of Arts and Sciences has more than 850 professors. About 21,000 students enroll in the college's programs each year and two-thirds of all graduating seniors receive their degrees from the college.

Hodge has been divisional dean for computing, facilities and research since 1996. He came to the UW geography department in 1975 and won a UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 1990.

McCormick named Hampton University Physics Professor Warren W. Buck chancellor and dean of UW Bothell April 16. Buck currently is professor of physics and director of the Nuclear/High Energy Physics Research Center of Excellence at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

UW Bothell, which opened in 1990, currently serves about 870 full-time equivalent students. The campus offers both upper division and graduate courses, with both full- and part-time study options. In May 1998, officials broke ground for UWB's permanent location at the Truly Farm site near the junction of State Route 522 and Interstate 405.

Buck joined the Hampton faculty in 1984 as an associate professor and became a full professor in 1989. His administrative and educational experience contributed to the creation of Hampton's Ph.D. program in physics, the first doctoral program on the Hampton campus.

The President also named University of Colorado-Denver Business Professor Yash P. Gupta to be dean of the UW School of Business Administration, effective Aug. 1. Gupta is currently dean at CU-Denver's College of Business and Administration. As the new UW dean, Gupta also will hold the Kirby L. Cramer Endowed Chair in Business Administration.

The UW School of Business Administration serves about 1,500 undergraduates and 520 graduate and professionals students. Its undergraduate program was ranked in the top 20 in a recent U.S. News & World Report listing and its Executive M.B.A. programs has drawn mid- and senior-level managers from more than 400 Northwest and national firms.

Gupta's academic experience includes teaching at universities in England and Canada. From 1988 to 1992, Gupta was a business professor at the University of Louisville, as well as a senior research fellow at the Louisville-based Telecommunications Research Center. Gupta has been dean and professor at CU-Denver since 1992. In 1996, he was ranked the top production and operations management scholar in the country in terms of contributions to the field.

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