The primary mission of the Dean’s Council is to help the Dean with strategic planning, external relations, and enhancing the educational and research mission of the Whitacre College of Engineering. As alumni and friends of the college in key leadership positions, the members of the Council serve as real-time sounding boards and counselors for the Dean.
Each member serves one three-year term, with the option to renew for a second three-year term if nominated. Initial terms of membership commence at the beginning of the regular fall meeting and end three years later, immediately prior to the beginning of the regular fall meeting. The Council strives for diversity among its members — not only with regard to age, race, gender, and national origin, but also regarding profession, specialization, industry, and geography.
The Dean’s Council meets twice annually; once in the fall on Homecoming weekend and once in the spring in early April, in conjunction with the Distinguished Engineers luncheon. In the fall, meetings are hosted on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (prior to Saturday’s Homecoming game), and in the spring the meeting is hosted on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Individuals who choose to invest their time and energy to serve on the Dean’s Council have a tremendous impact in shaping the future of the Whitacre College of Engineering as we continually seek to enhance our quality, our reputation, and our service to the state of Texas and the nation. The strong bond built among our current and past council members and the dean, faculty, and staff of the college lasts a lifetime.