The College of Applied Science and Technology’s Dean
Search Committee is finishing its search for a new
dean, and has informed the Academic Senate that the
dean will be appointed by May 30th. The committee
named five finalists:
Valentine James is the dean of the graduate school at Fayetteville
State University in North Carolina. He earned his
Ph.D. from Texas A&M with a major in Urban and Regional
Planning, and wrote his dissertation on “Attractiveness of
New Towns to Industries and Workers: A Comparative Study
of the Midwest and Sunbelt New Communities in the USA.”
Carol Richardson is currently the acting dean of CAST.
She earned a master’s degree from Union College, majoring
in Electrical Engineering. Before coming to RIT in
1978, she worked for General Electric on instruments for
H. Fred Walker is the chair of the technology department
at the University of Southern Maine. He earned his Ph.D.
with honors from the University of Iowa in 1995, with a degree emphasis in Workforce Development with Automated
Manufacturing Systems. Walker also has master’s degrees
in Business Administration and System Administration.
Walker has written nine books on quality control and
the Six Sigma business strategy, and is under contract
for five more.
Mulchand Rathod is the chair of the division of Engineering
Technology at Wayne State University in Michigan.
Rathod helped to create distance learning programs for
Wayne State, as well as on-site degree programs at General
Motors and Chrysler. Rathod is also a licensed engineer in
three states, and was registered in four others.
James Meyers is the director of the Center for Multi-Disciplinary
Studies at RIT. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan
State University with a focus on Natural Resource Economics.
Meyers is also an RIT alumnus, earning his bachelor’s
degree in Food and Hotel Management and his master’s in