Boston University Names David K. Campbell Provost
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(Boston) – Boston University President Robert A. Brown announced today that Dr. David K. Campbell, a distinguished scholar, academic leader and expert administrator, has been named provost, effective immediately.
As provost, Campbell serves as the chief academic officer, guiding the educational and budget policies for the university’s 14 schools and colleges that comprise the non-medical, dental and public health portion of Boston University. Over 27,000 students and nearly 2,300 faculty are represented on the Charles River Campus.
Campbell, current dean of the College of Engineering, and since July 1, 2004, provost ad interim, was named to the permanent post by Brown, who made the provost appointment a top priority when he assumed office earlier this month.
“David Campbell is an outstanding physicist and proven academic leader who is committed to the educational and scholarly mission of Boston University,” President Brown said. “I look forward to working closely with David to advance our university.”
Said Campbell, “I am thrilled and honored that President Brown has nominated me, and that the Board of Trustees has confirmed my appointment as provost. During the past year, I have had an incredible opportunity to work with colleagues from the entire Charles River Campus. I have seen firsthand the outstanding quality and the amazing intellectual depth and breadth of Boston University, and I very much look forward to working with President Brown, the Trustees, and the BU community to chart the path toward still greater excellence.”
Campbell, a well known scholar and teacher, 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 Engineering 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. It now has eight primary research centers and is associated with five others at the university. With more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students in four academic departments, the College has a teaching and research faculty of nearly 175. Its externally sponsored research funding stands at more than $34 million annually.
“Obviously, I will obviously miss the daily contact with my colleagues in the College of Engineering, but I’m confident that it is very well positioned for the future,” added Campbell. “We’ve just completed the first five-year plan under my tenure as dean, and it is gratifying to see that we’ve added many excellent new faculty, our incoming freshman class is the strongest ever, the new Ingalls Engineering Resource Center provides a modern, centralized group-study environment for our students, and the new Life Science and Engineering Building offers state-of-the-art laboratories for our research.
“As we begin work on our plans for the next five years, this is an ideal time for a new dean to refocus our vision and to develop detailed plans to take us to the next level of excellence. To ensure that no momentum is lost, President Brown and I will immediately turn our attention to appointing an interim dean.”
Boston University, with a total enrollment of more than 30,000 and a faculty of more than 3,500 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.