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New Deans for CAP and CEAS

​June 16, 2017

Dear colleagues,

I’m delighted to announce the appointment of two new deans at the University of Colorado Denver. Nan Ellin has agreed to serve as dean of the College of Architecture and Planning and Martin Dunn as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science​. Dr. Ellin will begin her work with us July 1; Dr. Dunn will begin in January 2018. 

As founding dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, Nan Ellin oversaw the unification of two schools into one college as well as a major building renovation. Under her leadership as executive director of the Institute of Urban Studies, the institute was awarded over $2 million in sponsored research in the last two years. Prior to her work at UT Arlington, Dr. Ellin was a professor and chair of the Department of Planning at the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning. Dr. Ellin’s writings, research, and creative work in urban design are widely known and highly regarded. Given her prior success in forging university-community partnerships and creating vibrant places, I am confident Dr. Ellin will build upon CAP’s strong foundation to advance the college as a laboratory for architecture, planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and urban design that promotes social and environmental health and well-being. 

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Martin Dunn will begin his work at CU Denver as dean of CEAS in January 2018. Stephen Gedney, professor and chair of the department of electrical engineering in CEAS, will lead the college from July 1 until January 2018 when Dr. Dunn will assume his duties. 
Dr. Dunn is currently the founding associate provost for research and co-director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Research Centre at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He helped build this public, urban, research-intensive university from the ground up and oversees its research and innovation enterprise efforts. Dr. Dunn has held positions at the Boeing Company, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Science Foundation and the University of Colorado Boulder. He joined the CU Boulder department of mechanical engineering in 1993, served as chair of the department from 2004 to 2009, and was awarded the Victor Schelke Endowed Chair in 2006.

With his extensive background in academia, government and industry, Dr. Dunn will bring a rich perspective to CEAS. He will champion contemporary experiential learning with an emphasis on entrepreneurial and global perspectives. He aims to support scholarship and partnerships that create and translate knowledge to have an impact both locally and internationally.

I’d like to thank both search committees for the time and energy they dedicated to finding candidates who would truly elevate these two colleges. I'm especially grateful to Dean of the School of Education and Human Development Rebecca Kantor, who co-chaired the CAP search with me, and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Pam Jansma, who chaired the CEAS search committee. I would also like to thank Karen Fennell from CLAS, Lauren Field from the Graduate School, and Beth Otis from the Provost's office, who assisted the committees and supported the search and interview process. Finally, I would like to express deep gratitude to Stephen Gedney for his integral role as interim CEAS dean during the transition period from July to January. 
Please join me in thanking our interim dean and welcoming our new deans, Nan Ellin and Martin Dunn.​


David Engelke
Acting Provost
Dean of the Graduate School

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