Louisiana Tech appoints new vice president, interim deans
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Louisiana Tech University received approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Tuesday, to appoint Dr. Stan Napper, Dr. Hisham Hegab, and Dr. Sheryl Shoemaker to new administrative positions, effective July 1.
Napper will serve as Louisiana Tech’s new vice president for research and development, replacing Dr. Les Guice who will officially take office as the university’s 14th president on Monday. He was selected from a national pool of candidates to lead Louisiana Tech’s research, innovation, and commercialization programs as well as creating and growing partnerships with private industry and government organizations.
Napper has been the dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science since 2004 and holds the Thigpen Professorship in biomedical engineering. During his 30-year career at Louisiana Tech, Napper has held a variety of academic and leadership roles including professor, coordinator of instructional programs, biomedical engineering department chair, associate dean and dean.
Hegab will replace Napper as the interim dean of the College of Engineering and Science. He is currently the associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering and Science and is the Frank Earl Hogan Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Hegab has served as academic director for the College’s computer science, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology and nanosystems engineering programs, and the program chair for micro and nanosystems engineering.
Shoemaker will take over as the interim dean of Louisiana Tech’s Graduate School. She is currently a professor and head of the speech department in the College of Liberal Arts. Shoemaker is also the director of Louisiana Tech University Speech and Hearing Center, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
“Drs. Napper, Hegab and Shoemaker have each demonstrated exemplary leadership within their academic units and a commitment to strengthening and advancing Louisiana Tech,” said Guice. “I have the utmost confidence in them as administrators and congratulate them on their appointments. I look forward working with them to lead Louisiana Tech into the future.”
Search committees will be formed during the upcoming academic year to seek candidates to permanently fill the deans positions within the College of Engineering and Science and the Graduate School.