Dean candidates visit

Final two dean candidates visit the
college, meet faculty, staff, students


The final two candidates for dean of the Texas A&M University College of Architecture visited campus this week.

Wayne Drummond, dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, met with students, faculty and staff Feb. 18-20.

During his Feb. 19 presentation at Preston Geren Auditorium Drummond emphasized seeing the college in a world context, that the world’s rising population creates a need for the efficient creation, design and management of the built environment.

“Sustainability has finally risen to the surface,” he said.

The college has an ethical responsibility, he said, “to provide students with the most cutting-edge, state-of-the-art education possible.” He said Texas A&M’s College of Architecture has a chance, “more than any college I can think of, to provide a dominant leadership role in the future.”

Andrew Vernooy, dean of Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture, visited the Texas A&M campus Feb. 21-22.

“I am motivated by a task,” he said while giving a presentation at Preston Geren Auditorium Feb. 21. “You have a task in front of you. It’s a simple one; to change the world. That interests me.”

He noted that students are different today than in the past. “We have to teach people who construe knowledge differently than we do,” he said, also detailing problem-solving experiences while at Tech.

Vernooy is the final candidate to visit the college.

Within three days of each candidate’s visit, college faculty, staff and students can anonymously evaluate them online at To access the site, use “architecture” as a login name and “vote2008” as a password. Final evaluations close Feb. 26. The candidates’ application packages and examples of their creative and research work are also at the same address.

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Wayne Drummond meets with Department of Visualization faculty members  in “the curved classroom” in
Langford C.

Andrew Vernooy talks with students during lunch. He was the final dean candidate to visit campus.

Janice Schach talks with students during lunch. See related story.

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