Administrators at Georgia Southern University will soon begin to search for a new dean for the College of Science and Mathematics, after announcing Monday that a prominent Eagle will fly west.
Dr. Bret Danilowicz, whose research and work contributed to Georgia Southern and its mission for nearly a decade, will leave his position as dean of the college for a new role at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.
GSU spokesman Christian Flathman confirmed Monday that Danilowicz has accepted an offer to serve as dean of Oklahoma State’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Danilowicz has been employed by Georgia Southern since 2004 as a biology professor, dean of the former Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology, and dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
Danilowicz played a key role in the continued success of the university, said Dr. Ted Moore, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia Southern.
“Dr. Bret Danilowicz has provided strong and energetic leadership for the former Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology and, more recently, the College of Science and Mathematics,” Moore said. “He has also been instrumental in launching the new Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology. With these kinds of achievements it is natural that other higher education institutions have sought him out.
“Bret has helped Georgia Southern advance toward greater prominence even in fiscally challenging times,” Moore continued. “He will be missed and we wish him the best in his new role at Oklahoma State.”
In response to Danilowicz’s departure, Georgia Southern will seek nominations from school faculty and staff to determine an interim dean. The university will conduct a national search to permanently fill the position in upcoming weeks, Moore said.
School officials did not say when the move will be effective, or provide a timeline for the search of a new dean.
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