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Dartmouth Dean Named College Provost

  • Joseph J. Helble, Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering and Professor of Engineering. (Dartmouth College - Robert Gill)

Published: 5/17/2018 3:38:42 PM
Modified: 5/17/2018 11:38:36 PM

Hanover — The longtime dean of the Thayer School of Engineering will become the next provost at Dartmouth College.

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon announced Joe Helble’s appointment on Thursday afternoon.

“Joe rose to the top of an impressive group of finalists and stood out for his keen ability to lead and innovate, which he has done at Thayer,” Hanlon said in a news release. “Joe has brought national prominence to Thayer and is a leader in his field. He’s eminently suited to help shape Dartmouth’s future at this time of dynamic change and opportunity.”

Helble, of Norwich, is currently in his fourth term as Thayer’s dean. In his 13 years in that position, the school’s funding has grown and enrollment has nearly doubled, Hanlon said. In addition, Thayer has “flourished” under Helble’s leadership, he said.

“I am honored to be taking on this important role, at this momentous time for Dartmouth, and I look forward to working closely with President Hanlon and the extraordinary people at Dartmouth,” Helble said.

Helble’s appointment followed a national search for candidates. As dean, Helble will fill the roles of the college’s second-ranking officer and chief academic officer.

Helble earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1982 and a Ph.D in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He has served on several boards, authored more than 100 journals and holds three U.S. patents.

Helble will start his new position in October. Interim Provost David Kotz, who took over for former provost Carolyn Dever in November, will continue to fill the role until then. Dartmouth plans to name an interim dean at the Thayer School, with a search to find a permanent dean beginning this summer.

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