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Following internal research, Auburn University selected acting deans for three of its colleges to collectively lead more than 14,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The interim appointments follow the announcement of key leadership transitions as the university prepares to launch a nationwide search for tenured deans later this year.
Karen Rogers, associate professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research at the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, or CDAC, has been named interim dean; Joe Hanna, professor at Regions Bank and associate dean for research and faculty affairs, has been chosen as acting dean of the Harbert College of Business; and Steve Taylor, professor and associate dean for research at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, will assume the role of acting dean.
Bringing a wealth of shared administrative experience to acting roles, Rogers, Hanna and Taylor have each served Auburn in various leadership roles during their college careers. Widely regarded for their ability to work with campus stakeholders, all three are recognized for advancing the strategic goals and unit-level goals of their colleges. In addition, each has provided critical support in strengthening resources, initiatives, and personnel at their colleges and increasing academic productivity and student growth.
“Karen Rogers, Joe Hanna and Steve Taylor are highly respected administrators, teachers and scholars who have had a significant impact on the Auburn campus,” said Acting Vice Provost Vini Nathan. “Through their interim roles, I am confident they will provide the continued momentum needed while offering unique perspectives to colleges.”
About Acting Dean Karen Rogers
A recognized scholar in settlement patterns, architecture and urban planning in the Americas, Rogers joined CDAC in 2007 as Associate Dean for External Affairs, later becoming Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at beginning of 2012. Together with college members, Rogers has helped its academic units strategically elevate design thinking and building skills by creating innovative education, research and outreach programs. Additionally, Rogers oversees many of the college’s initiatives focused on developing sustainable and equitable solutions in the built environment and product development.
“In addition to her demonstrated leadership experience, Karen Rogers has the skills, talents and knowledge to lead the college in the months ahead,” Nathan said. “Without a doubt, his ability to bring teams together to achieve common goals is a good reflection of CDAC’s culture and values.
Prior to Auburn, Rogers lived and worked in Bogotá, Colombia, where she was Dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Los Andes and was founding director and curator of architecture at the Museum of Architecture. modern art from Bogotá. She holds a Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory from the State University of New York, or SUNY, Binghamton, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University. Rogers is a recipient of the Henry Luce/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship on American Art and Architecture and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center Resident Fellowship on American Modernism.
In March, Rogers began serving as acting dean following Nathan’s appointment as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs.
About Acting Dean Joe Hanna
Since joining the Harbert College of Business in 1999 as a supply chain management faculty member, Hanna has held a variety of academic and administrative positions. After serving as department chair and playing a key role in the growth and development of the supply chain program, Hanna began serving as associate dean for research and outreach in 2011. He also briefly held the position of acting dean in 2018 during a previous leadership transition. . Working with college leaders, Hanna helped move the college forward during a period of continued growth in student, faculty, and staff enrollment and supported the development of several new academic programs and research initiatives.
A researcher in supply chain management who focuses on third party logistics strategy and performance issues, Hanna is currently a professor at Regions Bank and remains active in her professional field as an educational advisor to numerous companies, organizations industry and government entities on supply chain topics.
“As a lifelong educator with considerable teaching experience and administrative knowledge, Joe is a strategic thinker who understands the vision and goals of Harbert College of Business,” continued Nathan. “I have worked with Joe for several years and know that he is deeply committed to the success of the college and its students, faculty and staff.”
Hanna has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored several books, and presented extensively at various academic and practitioner conferences. Prior to her college career, Hanna had a successful business career working for Phillips Petroleum Company (now ConocoPhillips), Phillips 66 Chemical Company (now ChevronPhillips Chemical Company), and Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Hanna holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting and a doctorate in commerce from New Mexico State University.
Hanna will oversee the college from May 16 until a permanent dean is chosen to replace Annette Ranft, who was recently named dean of the School of Business at Wake Forest University.
About Acting Dean Steven Taylor
A biosystems engineering faculty member for more than 30 years, Taylor has held several leadership positions at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, including serving as associate dean for research since 2016 and as head of the biosystems engineering department. from 2003-16, where he also served as Director of the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts.
As Associate Dean for Research, Taylor oversaw the coordination and promotion of college research across all academic departments and research centers. Under his leadership, the college’s research enterprise has experienced an unprecedented period of growth, including an increase in contracts and grants from $26 million in fiscal year 2017 to more than $74 million each. last two years.
Additionally, Taylor played a leading role in the college’s efforts to fund and build the Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory; purchase property in Huntsville to create Auburn University’s research and innovation campus; and he oversaw the creation of Auburn University’s Transportation Research Institute, the National Center of Excellence in Additive Manufacturing, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing Systems.
Taylor’s academic background includes professional practice in education, research, and extension. His technical expertise is in wood structural engineering and forest engineering, with an emphasis on the technical aspects of the forest products sector. His research focuses on the engineering of forest operations and the improvement of the use of forest biomass for energy raw materials and structural products. Working with teams of faculty, Taylor has led the Department of Biosystems Engineering through the evaluation and creation of new undergraduate and graduate programs and successfully passed four Accreditation Council for Engineering and technology, or ABET. Taylor has generated over $68 million in total extramural funding as Principal Investigator, or Principal Investigator, or Co-Principal Investigator throughout her career. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Texas A&M University in the same discipline.
“In addition to his many years of service to Auburn, Steve Taylor’s understanding of the college’s research, teaching, and outreach mission, combined with his exceptional leadership, ensures that he is well prepared to lead the college throughout throughout this transition,” Nathan said. “I am confident he will move the college forward during this important time and ensure it is well positioned for the next dean.”
Taylor assumes his role immediately and his appointment follows the selection of former Dean Chris Roberts as Auburn’s 21st president beginning in May.