Note from the Academic Vice President 4/16

Dr. James McGuffee will be the new Dean of the School of Sciences starting in July

Dr. James McGuffee will be the new Dean of the School of Sciences starting in July

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that, beginning July 1, 2016, Dr. James W. McGuffee of Northern Kentucky University will become CBU’s new Dean of the School of Sciences. Dr. McGuffee is a computer scientist with degrees from Louisiana Tech University (B.S. 1989) and LSU (Ph.D. 1994). For the past three years he has served as the Computer Science Department Chair at Northern Kentucky University (greater Cincinnati tri-state region). From 2000-2013, he served as a faculty member at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. McGuffee’s teaching interests include computer ethics, operating systems, Internet programming, and comparative programming languages. The majority of his published academic work is in assessment and pedagogy in the computing sciences. Additionally, McGuffee has mentored over 45 undergraduate students in research and software development projects. He is currently working with students on creating a Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) project named AHOCHI. AHOCHI is a software system that allows a professional social worker to search the web to find relevant geographically constrained social services on behalf of a client. James, his wife Lynn, and their two young sons look forward to moving to the Memphis area. McGuffee states, “I am thrilled to have been selected as the next Dean of the School of Sciences at Christian Brothers University. I look forward to leading and working collaboratively with our faculty, staff, and students in the undergraduate programs in science and math as well as our professional health programs.”

This is a bittersweet announcement insofar as the School of Sciences has been served so superbly for nearly two decades by Dr. Johnny Holmes. Dr. Holmes’ tenure has coincided with the addition of the Cooper-Wilson School of Sciences building and enrollment growth across the school’s departments. His leadership will be missed. Fortunately, CBU students will continue to benefit from his outstanding teaching as he returns full time to the Physics faculty. Thank you, Johnny, for all that you have done for your students, for your colleagues, and for CBU. You have been a gift to this campus.

Editor’s note:  I hope you enjoy this newsletter.  With all of the events and happening in the School of Sciences, I feel like I am editing an encyclopedia!  There are several new things happening in addition to the many annual events:  the new Pascal Fellowships in computer science are really exciting and the new Chemistry in Cooking course is very innovative.  Both are the subjects of featured articles in this newsletter.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many Science Faculty, Students, and Alums who have been so kind to me and have worked so hard over my 19 years as Dean.  I look forward to returning full time to the classroom (and lab) next year.