Monday, February 15, 2010

Max J. Seel named Michigan Tech provost, vice president for academic affairs

HOUGHTON -- Max J. Seel was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University today, Feb. 15, 2010. Seel, who has been acting as interim provost since January 2009, was one of three finalists for the position.

Max J. Seel, newly appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University. (Photo courtesy Michigan Technological University. Reprinted with permission.)

"The University community is extremely fortunate that Max has agreed to serve as provost and vice president for academic affairs," said Michigan Tech President Glenn D. Mroz. "His extensive experience as a faculty member, department chair and college dean will serve us well. He is dedicated to Michigan Tech and has a vision for its future consistent with our strategic plan and long term goals."

The provost is the chief academic officer of the University. As such, he is responsible for all of Michigan Tech’s academic programs and faculty. The provost is also responsible for development and implementation of strategic initiatives to raise academic programs to the highest level. He promotes scholarship, expansion of Michigan Tech’s research, and efforts to increase and enhance diversity.

"I am honored to be chosen as Michigan Tech's next provost and vice president for academic affairs," said Seel. "I will do my best to contribute to growing Michigan Tech as premier technological research university, to advancing the unity of teaching and research, and, together with all the other administrators and staff, to making faculty and students successful."

A native of Germany, Seel received a PhD in computational solid-state physics and theoretical chemistry from the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg and spent a postdoctoral year at the IBM research laboratory in San Jose, Calif. He taught and did research in quantum chemistry and computational physics at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg until joining the Michigan Tech physics faculty in 1986 ...

Read the rest of this article by Jennifer Donovan on the Michigan Tech News.

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