New Dean of the School of Engineering

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The University of Kansas has picked a department head at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to lead its School of Engineering.

Michael Branicky will begin his new job as dean July 1. The University of Kansas announced Wednesday that Branicky will replace Stuart Bell, who joined Louisiana State University as provost and executive vice chancellor last August.

Professor Stan Rolfe will continue serving as interim dean until Branicky arrives.

At Case Western, Branicky serves as a professor and chair in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He previously was a program manager at the National Science Foundation.

Branicky says the KU School of Engineering is “poised to become a national leader.” He vowed to work to maintain high educational quality while elevating and expanding research.