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The Dawgs Get Their Dean

Virginia Tech vice-President, Donald Leo, Becomes UGA Dean of Engineering
Virginia Tech vice-President, Donald Leo, Becomes UGA Dean of Engineering

He hails from Tech, but not the land of Yellow Jackets.

Donald Leo, Virginia Tech vice-President and former Dean, has been named the first permanent Dean of the new Engineering school at the University of Georgia.

According to the University, Leo is a professor of mechanical engineering and vice president and executive director of the National Capital Region operations of Virginia Tech. He previously served as associate dean for research and graduate studies at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.

The appointment was announced by Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. The deans of the 17 schools and colleges at UGA report to the provost.

“This is a critically important position, not only for the University of Georgia but for the state of Georgia,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “The College of Engineering at UGA was established last year to meet the clear need for more Georgia-trained engineers. I am confident that Dr. Leo is the right leader at this time for our engineering program.”

Leo’s appointment is effective July 1.

“Dr. Leo’s experience as an associate dean of one of the nation’s largest and most well-regarded engineering programs makes him well-positioned to lead the UGA College of Engineering,” Morehead said. “His success in growing the research enterprise at Virginia Tech while creating partnerships with government and industry underscores the institution’s land-grant mission of service to the state, and he will play a similar role in enhancing UGA’s research and outreach as a land-grant institution.”