University of Akron names new interim engineering dean

October 10, 2018

University of Akron names new interim engineering dean

AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Akron has named a replacement for the dean of the college of engineering after cuts to engineering graduate programs caused the previous dean to step down.

Craig Menzemer, formerly the associate dean for graduate studies and administration of the college, will now serve as interim dean. His responsibilities include curriculum development, recruitment and budget, according to a university press release.

Before joining UA in 1996, Menzemer worked for Alcoa, a leader in producing bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, and the U.S. Steel Corp. He earned his bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. 

Menzemer’s predecessor, Don Visco, had served as head of the college since 2016. After a year-long academic review, officials approved widespread cuts to UA’s degrees and degree tracks. Many of those were in the engineering college’s graduate-level degrees. 

Visco, who resigned in August, said he disagreed the cuts, especially the phase-out of the doctoral programs in electrical and biomedical engineering. He rejoined the engineering faculty. Read more about his resignation here.

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