Omaha – Idaho State University (ISU) has named Scott Snyder as the new dean for the College of Science and Engineering.
Snyder, who is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity for the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), will begin his duties on June 29.
"I couldn’t be more excited,” Snyder said. “The College of Science and Engineering at ISU is already doing great things and has unlimited potential. The disciplines represented in the College have been central to my career and I can’t wait to work with my new colleagues to build on success.
"But the decision hasn’t been easy. Omaha and UNO have been a great home to our family, and part of us will always remain Mavericks.”
Snyder also serves as the interim executive director of the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute and is a professor in the UNO’s Department of Biology. An accomplished researcher, Snyder’s vitae lists 35 publications. He has been an assistant, associate or full professor since 1998 and was a National Science Foundation Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Evolution at the University of New Mexico from 1996 to 1998.
UNO leadership will announce a transition plan in the near future.
"We congratulate Scott on his appointment to a prestigious academic position," said UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold. "It is surely a bittersweet transition for UNO as he will be very much missed. I am sure that Scott will work hard to ensure a smooth transition and am equally sure that his transition to his new role in Idaho will be equally successful."
His administrative background is varied and includes former service as the president of both the Nebraska Applied Research Institute and the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute Technology Development Corporation. He was also a program director at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology. Snyder also has diverse international and philanthropic experience.
It is surely a bittersweet transition for UNO as he will be very much missed. I am sure that Scott will work hard to ensure a smooth transition and am equally sure that his transition to his new role in Idaho will be equally successful.
- Chancellor Jeffrey Gold
“Dr. Snyder has a rich academic, administrative and service work history and a strong background in research,” said Laura Woodworth-Ney, ISU executive vice president and provost for academic affairs. “He is an excellent fit for Idaho State University and the College of Science and Engineering and will be an exceptional leader. We look forward to working with him.”
Snyder earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in parasitology and a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and earned a Master of Science degree in parasitology from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Snyder is familiar with Idaho and looks forward to working here. He has hiked in various places in Idaho, including three long backpack trips in different wild areas.
“I absolutely fell in love with the place, which is why I keep coming back,” Snyder said. “So, when I saw that this position was available and I found out about the strengths of Idaho State University and the College of Science and Engineering, and the great beauty and outdoor opportunities all around it, it was an unbeatable combination.”
- with files from Idaho State University News