Dear alumni and friends of the Bayer School,
As you might be aware, we have conducted a search for the next dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and that search has culminated in the appointment of Dr. Philip Reeder from the University of South Florida, effective July 1, 2013.
I had informed my faculty and staff colleagues in fall 2011 that I would not seek reappointment as dean beyond the 2012-2013 academic year, which marks the end of my current three-year term. This was a deliberate decision on my part, since this year marks my 13th year as dean of the Bayer School, including two years serving as interim dean. I have personally become a firm believer that academic administrators should have term limits and that there should be intentional and deliberate change in academic leadership at regular intervals. This is a natural part of our evolution as a school, just as it must be of any organization. This transition in leadership is a healthy and essential element in sustaining our trajectory toward increasing levels of excellence in our programs in BSNES.
We have made tremendous strides and improvements in the Bayer School, and you should take great pride in being members of the Bayer School family. I do not use the word "privilege" lightly, but it has been a distinctive privilege for me to serve as dean of the Bayer School and to work with the superb faculty, staff, students and alumni of the Bayer School.
I am eagerly looking forward to returning to the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and resuming my undergraduate and graduate teaching, developing new courses and course modules, re-engaging in my research program and continuing and expanding many of the STEM outreach activities I have begun over recent years.
We will include an article in the June 2013 edition of Spectrum which will highlight more of Dr. Reeder's background. But for now, we look forward to Dr. Reeder's leadership to continue the development of our research, educational and outreach missions, elevating our science programs and making the Bayer School a premier school of science with an increasing national and international reputation.
Dr. David W. Seybert