UTPB brainstorming ideas for next engineering department dean

UTPB brainstorming ideas for next engineering department dean

MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Charismatic, a leader and knowledgeable about the community.

"We're looking for the next visionary leader of this program," said Sandra Woodley, UTPB President.

For almost two hours Wednesday, Woodley, local oil and gas management and a search firm discussed what they want in the next leader of the schools engineering department.

"Someone who has the ability to understand the energy industry, but also someone who has the ability to connect at all levels," said Woodley.

The choice for the department's next leader is being looked upon to continue the growth that has seen double the program enrollment and see students into careers after college.

"We need that here in the Permian Basin. We need that workforce that's locally grown, has consistent values set that we have here in Midland and Odessa that we can utilize," said David Kuhnert, Production Manager, CrownQuest Operating.

With a new $55 million building for the department in the works.

"There's so much growth going on, we have to have a program that's going to grow with it," said Kuhnert.

A new engineering dean will be just the right person to ring it in.

"The possibilities are so vast here for what this engineering program could mean to the community and to the university," said Woodley.

Woodley said a new dean is expected to be announced in the spring.

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