WKU has announced the next dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering


Dave Brown is the new dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering. He started July 1.

Debra Murray, Digital News Editor

WKU announced the new dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering is David Brown, a professor and associate dean at University of Louisville. He will replace Interim Dean Greg Arbuckle who will be returning to faculty. 

Brown is currently the associate dean for graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences at the UofL. He will be starting his new position at WKU on July 1. 

Brown earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in physics from Purdue University and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics from Eastern Michigan University. Brown started at UofL as an assistant professor in 1996. 

During his time at UofL, he has served as chair of the department of physics and astronomy and inaugural undergraduate program director in physics and astronomy. He is currently professor of physics, associate dean for graduate education in the college of arts and science since 2018, and most recently served concurrently as acting associate dean for research in the college.

Brown said Ogden College “makes a real difference in Kentucky through discovery, teaching, learning and service. It is poised to become a leader in connecting Kentuckians’ curiosity and creativity with careers that matter now and in the future.”

Dean Christopher Shook and the OCSE dean search committee led to the research that found Brown, said Provost Cheryl Stevens via email.

Stevens acted as dean of Ogden College from 2012 until 2019 when she began serving as Provost. Dean Arbuckle who is currently serving as dean of Ogden College will be replaced by Brown.

“David brings a wealth of experience in teaching, leadership and research that will serve WKU well,” President Timothy Caboni said in a press release. “His experience will allow us to continue to elevate the stature of the Ogden College and grow our portfolio of federally-sponsored research. This research is a crucial component to a WKU education as our students gain valuable, hands-on experience at the undergraduate level.”

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