More than 35 years in higher education, which includes extensive administrative and engineering credentials, made Dr. David T. Hayhurst the clear choice to become the new dean of the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Hayhurst previously served as dean of the College of Engineering at both San Diego State University (2002-2013) and the University of South Alabama (1992-2002). Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning, Hayhurst will begin his new role at Southern Miss on August 15.
“I am always looking for an outstanding opportunity where I feel I can have a significant and positive impact,” said Hayhurst. “The USM College of Science and Technology is such a place. I am incredibly impressed with the University’s administration – the president and provost are both dynamic and energetic and share a vision for positive change that is infectious. The faculty are bright and accomplished; the staff is dedicated, and the students are strong academically and diverse.”
The College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss is one of six degree-granting colleges at Southern Miss with approximately 175 full time faculty members spanning multiple campuses and educating more than 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students.
“I am delighted that Dr. Hayhurst will join us as our next dean of the College of Science and Technology,” said Provost Denis Wiesenburg. “His background in chemical engineering and his experience as dean of engineering at South Alabama and San Diego State will be invaluable to the continued development of our program in polymer science and engineering.”
A Massachusetts native, Hayhurst also served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Cleveland State University (1985-1991). He earned his undergraduate in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; his master’s degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Michael Forster, who chaired the dean search committee, said Hayhurst emerged as the clear choice from a national list of highly qualified applicants.
“David distinguished himself further though a rigorous set of on-campus interviews and presentations,” said Forster, who serves as dean of the College of Health at Southern Miss. “The search committee is well pleased with the outcome, convinced that Dr. Hayhurst will prove to be an exceptional leader of the college.”
Hayhurst noted that his immediate priority for the College of Science and Technology would be “to engage faculty, staff, students, alumni and employers in a process of creating a new aspirational vision for the college – defining measurable near and long-term goals, while complementing the ongoing strategic plan being developed by the University.”
The Southern Miss College of Science and Technology houses eight departments (Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Coastal Sciences, Geography and Geology, Human Capital Development, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy); four schools (Computing, Construction, Criminal Justice, Polymers and High Performance Materials); the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, and the Healthcare Preprofessional Office.
The college offers 42 undergraduate degree programs and 59 graduate degree programs at the masters and doctoral levels. In fiscal year 2012 the college received approximately $30M in external funding.
To learn more about the College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss, call 601.266.4883 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/science-technology