SPOKANE, Wash. — After 15 years in the position, Dennis Horn will retire as dean of the Gonzaga School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective June 30, 2012, Gonzaga Academic Vice President Patricia O’Connell Killen announced.
“I am happy for Dennis, but certain that we will miss his leadership,” Killen said. During Horn’s tenure, the School achieved new levels of excellence, culminating this year in the School’s ranking by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 17 best undergraduate engineering program in the nation (among schools without a doctorate in engineering).
Also, Horn oversaw more than a 100 percent increase in the School’s enrollment, from 280 students to 635 currently. His leadership resulted in new undergraduate degree programs in computer engineering and engineering management, and development of a graduate certificate program in transmission and distribution.
Horn guided four programs through successful accreditations and will provide leadership for the review of another program in the fall. He oversaw major renovations and expansion of Herak Center facilities, and construction in 2008 of Gonzaga’s first certified “green” building, the PACAAR Center for Applied Science. The building recently received the prestigious “Gold” certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Horn has served on numerous University committees, he chaired the search for dean of the Gonzaga-in-Florence study abroad program, and has been active in the community, serving on Boards of Directors for the Institute for Systems Medicine and for Sirti (which he chaired). Visit the following website for more information about Horn. View the School of Engineering and Applied Science 2010 Annual Report.
The search for his replacement will begin later this summer.