Pendse to become associate VP this summer

9:53:38 AM CDT - Thursday, January 20, 2005

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

Ravi Pendse, who has been serving as an interim associate vice president of academic affairs and research since May, will become associate vice president following an internal search, effective June 5, according to John Hutchinson, vice president for academic affairs and research.

Pendse will take over many of the duties now handled by associate vice president Peter Zoller, who after 16 years in that position will return to teaching and conducting research full time in the English department.

Pendse was named to his interim position in May, replacing Hutchinson who moved into the position of vice president following the death of then-vice president Robert Kindrick.

As associate vice president, Pendse will serve as WSU's chief information officer, overseeing WSU's information technology needs, and he will also oversee WSU's international education, global education, and enterprise resource planning efforts, among other duties. He also will oversee personnel issues within the academic affairs and research division.

Pendse joined the WSU electrical and computer engineering faculty full time in 1994 and quickly made his mark as an excellent teacher and researcher, winning several teaching awards. He holds a bachelor's degree from Osmania University in India (1982) and earned his master's and doctoral degrees from WSU (1985 and 1994, respectively).

An internal search will be conducted for Pendse's replacement as half-time director of the Center for Teaching and Research Excellence.

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