G. Bruce Gehrig, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for 16 years who has decades of experience in civil engineering and the construction industry, has been named director of Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction Management.
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has approved a new name for Western Carolina University’s former Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology, one that better reflects the growth of engineering education programs serving Western North Carolina.
Western Carolina University is among 14 higher education institutions in the U.S. selected to participate in a National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation program that is designed to help schools fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education.
WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher has identified four areas of emphasis for the 2015-16 academic year that are central to the institution’s future success: increasing diversity on campus, preparing for a comprehensive fundraising campaign to boost scholarship dollars, enhancing the total student experience, and supporting faculty and staff.
Jeffrey Ray, dean of the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology at Western Carolina University, is among the more than 100 leaders of collegiate engineering education programs from across the nation who recently endorsed a letter presented to President Obama in support of efforts to increase diversity among engineering students.