Dean Kenneth Galloway elected chairman of national board of engineering deans

Kenneth Galloway, dean of Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering, has been elected by his national peers to a two-year term as chair of the Engineering Deans Council Executive Board

The Engineering Deans Council includes more than 300 deans of engineering across the United States and is one of the leadership organizations of the American Society for Engineering Education, a non-profit organization of more than 10,000 members from the academic, government and industrial engineering communities dedicated to the support of engineering and engineering technology education.

As chair of the EDC Executive Board, Galloway also will serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors of ASEE.

“It is an honor to be selected by one¹s peers to lead a group committed to engineering education,” Galloway said. “Engineering success is critical for our country ­ for the environment, for healthcare, for security and for economic growth.”

The role of the council is to assess and recommend policies affecting the administration of engineering colleges, to provide a forum for discussion of issues and experiences in engineering colleges and to speak on policy issues on behalf of member engineering colleges to the engineering community and the federal government.

The nine-member Executive Board serves as the governing body of the EDC.

Galloway was first elected to the Executive Board for a two-year term in 2003. In 2005 he began a two-year term as chair of the EDC¹s Public Policy Committee. He was elected again to serve on the Executive Board in 2008.

Galloway’s term as chair of the EDC and chair of the EDC’s Executive Board begins at the conclusion of the ASEE’s 116th annual conference and exposition June 14-17, 2009 in Austin, Texas.

The EDC sponsors an annual colloquium to review public policy issues that affect engineering education and to encourage engineering deans to communicate with their congressional delegations regarding these issues, including economic development, the engineering workforce and support of federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. The council also supports a yearly dean¹s institute that focuses on issues such as curriculum development, enrollment and retention, diversity, faculty collaboration with industry and the globalization of engineering education.