OGDEN, Utah – When Dale Ostlie assumes his new duties as dean of the College of Science at Weber State University in July, he’ll be changing offices, not campuses.
WSU’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Ostlie’s appointment during its monthly meeting today. Ostlie, a professor and chairman of the physics department at WSU, emerged as the top candidate for the position following a national search.
President F. Ann Millner praised Ostlie for 20 years of experience as a faculty leader, with a strong background as a teacher, researcher, scholar and author. “Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Weber State, Dr. Ostlie outlined an insightful and well-considered vision for the future of the college,” Millner said.
Ostlie said his new role fills him with many of the same emotions he had when he first came to WSU in 1984. “I’m tremendously excited to be involved with a college that is experiencing dramatic growth and receiving more and more recognition,” Ostlie said.
He hopes to continue to build on the success the college has experienced under the leadership of his predecessor, Ron Galli. One of the keys to that success is the faculty, he said.
“They are great colleagues who are dedicated to providing a quality education to our students while pursuing their scientific research,” said Ostlie. He plans to encourage students to “explore and expand upon undergraduate research opportunities” in science.
“It’s an incredible time to be doing science,” he said. “There are a lot of amazing discoveries in science that I hope we can share with the community.”
Ostlie has a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from St. Olaf College and a doctorate in astrophysics from Iowa State University.
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