Vetter Named Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the UNCW Graduate School

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ronald ("Ron") Vetter has been named associate provost for research and dean of the UNCW Graduate School. This appointment is effective July 1, 2014.

Vetter's selection comes as a result of an extensive national search for this recently reconfigured position. He assumed the role of interim associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School upon the position's creation in January 2013.

"I look forward to serving UNCW in this new role and supporting the chancellor's vision to invent the future by embracing a culture of innovation," says Vetter.

A faculty member at UNCW for nearly 20 years, Vetter holds a strong record of success in research and graduate education. He joined the mathematical sciences department as an assistant professor in 1993 before joining the computer science department on its establishment in 1998. He served as the assistant chair of computer science from 1998 to 2000 before being named the first permanent chair and obtaining full professorship in 2000.

Milestones during Vetter's tenure as chair included significant growth in the department's faculty, design of the Computer Information Systems Building and development and establishment of the new computer science and information systems interdisciplinary degree program. From 2006 to 2011, he served as director and graduate coordinator of the computer science and information systems program, during which the graduate enrollment more than doubled.

An accomplished academic, Vetter has published more than 100 conference, magazine and journal papers and delivered approximately 200 invited talks and public presentations. Additionally, he has served as primary and/or co-investigator on grants and contracts exceeding $5 million and as primary research advisor for more than a dozen graduate students.

Vetter is also a co-founder of Mobile Education LLC, a faculty-initiated technology startup company. He was named a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was selected as the 2001-02 Distinguished Lecturer of the Year. Since 2011, he has served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Computer, the international flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society. He is a member of the University Innovation Council at UNCW.

"I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the outstanding work of our search committee, headed by Watson College of Education Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum," says UNCW Provost Denise Battles. "I am delighted that we have secured for the key position of associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School such an exemplary and innovative academic leader."