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Science and Engineering dean candidates to visit virtually

CMU community invited to join three livestreamed open forums next week

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


Online open forums next week with three dean candidates move Central Michigan University's College of Science and Engineering a step closer to the selection of its next leader.

Forums for the following candidates are scheduled from 2-2:50 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 16-18, and are open to the CMU community. Links are available below and through the Office of the Provost website.

Doug Leaman, Monday, Nov. 16

Leaman is interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Dayton, Ohio-based Wright State University, which he joined in 2016 as professor and dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

From 2001-16, Leaman held positions at the University of Toledo as an associate professor and professor of biological sciences, and as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science degree in molecular growth and development/animal science from OSU, and a doctorate in molecular biology/reproductive physiology from the University of Missouri.

David Ford, Tuesday, Nov. 17 

In 2017, Ford joined the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as a professor and Kevin W. and Marie L. Brown Department Head Chair of the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering.

At the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 2010-16, he served first as undergraduate program director of the Department of Chemical Engineering, then as the department's graduate program director, then for two years as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering.

Ford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned a Master of Science and Engineering degree in chemical engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering, both from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Ramaraja Ramasamy, Wednesday, Nov. 18

Ramasamy currently serves as professor and associate dean; Academic Affairs & Assessment; School of Chemicals, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering; at the University of Georgia (UGA).

Before joining UGA in 2010 as an assistant professor, Ramasamy was a senior research scientist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory/Universal Tech Corp. from 2008-10.

He earned his Bachelor of Technology degree in chemical and electrochemical engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute, India, and his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

In September, CMU Executive Vice President and Provost Mary Schutten announced the formation of a 14-member committee, led by College of Business Administration Dean Chris Moberg and assisted by search firm Greenwood Asher and Associates, to conduct a nationwide search for the next CSE dean. 

The intention is to fill the position — currently held by interim dean Jane Davison — by July 2021. 


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