University of Utah Names Physics Chairman Dean for Graduate School

June 4, 2013 – The Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah announced that David Kieda has been selected to be the new dean of the Graduate School. He replaces Charles A. Wight, who left in 2012 to become the president of Weber State University.

As professor and current chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the U, Kieda has worked closely with faculty and administrators to establish and expand the astronomy program. He helped set up both a public observatory on campus and a high-altitude research telescope in southern Utah.

“Professor Kieda has shown tremendous leadership skills through his research programs and administrative accomplishments,” said Michael Hardman, interim senior vice president for Academic Affairs “He has successfully led graduate students in rigorous disciplines and has effectively managed major academic ventures. I am confident he will serve the Graduate School with professionalism and integrity.”

Read the announcement here.

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