Boston University Names David Campbell Provost Ad Interim

in College of Engineering, News Releases, University Affairs
July 14th, 2004

Contact: Kevin Carleton, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) — Dr. David K. Campbell, dean of the Boston University College of Engineering, has been named provost ad interim at the university. In addition, he will continue to serve as dean of engineering.

In making the announcement, President ad interim Aram Chobanian said, “The members of the search committee and I were very impressed with David’s distinguished leadership at the College of Engineering, and we are confident that he will excel in his new role as provost.”

He steps into the top academic post at the university following the departure of Dr. Dennis Berkey, who was recently named president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

“I am greatly honored to have been asked by President Chobanian to serve as the provost ad interim during this exciting period in the history of Boston University,” Campbell said. “We have an amazing wealth of opportunities ahead of us, and our challenge is to assemble the resources to seize these opportunities. I very much look forward to working with everyone on campus — faculty, staff, and students — to chart the path toward still greater excellence for our university.”

Campbell came to Boston University in 2000 from the University of Illinois, where he served as professor and head of the Department of Physics. A theoretical physicist who specializes in nonlinear phenomena and condensed matter physics, he holds degrees from Harvard and Cambridge universities, and spent nearly 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, including eight years as director of its Center for Nonlinear Studies.

As dean, he has led a college that has been enjoying a period of rapid and dynamic growth, including the receipt in 2001 of a Whitaker Foundation Leadership Award that will provide $14 million to enhance biomedical engineering. The College of Engineering now has eight primary research centers and is associated with five others at the university. With more than 1,100 students in four academic departments, the college has a teaching and research faculty of nearly 120. Its externally sponsored research funding stands at more than $26 million annually.

Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 and a faculty of more than 3,500 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. The university offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.

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