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H. Scott Hinton Appointed to Lead Utah State University Research Foundation

Tuesday, Aug. 06, 2013

H. Scott Hinton, president, Utah State University Research Foundation

H. Scott Hinton has been named president of the Utah State University Research Foundation.

Christine E. Hailey, interim dean, USU College of Engineering

Christine E. Hailey leads USU's College of Engineering as its interim dean.

Following a board of trustees meeting Aug. 5, the Utah State University Research Foundation named H. Scott Hinton as president of USURF, effective immediately. Hinton succeeds Douglas K. Lemon, who has accepted the position of associate vice president of Innovation Campus within USU’s Office of Advancement and Commercialization. Christine E. Hailey was named interim dean for USU’s College of Engineering.

“Scott has done an exceptional job as dean of our College of Engineering, and it has been a great pleasure to work with him,” said USU President Stan Albrecht. “I look forward to working with him in his new position and I am confident that his many leadership skills will move another essential part of the USU portfolio to new, higher levels of achievement.”

Prior to his new role, Hinton was dean of the College of Engineering at Utah State University. In his assignment as president of USURF, Hinton will be responsible for the strategic direction of USURF and all business operations. Niel Holt will continue to lead the Space Dynamics Laboratory, a unit of USURF, as director.

“For 11 years, Scott has been an important leader at USURF as a member of the board of trustees,” said Jeffery B. Edwards, chairman of USURF. “In his new role as president, USURF will further benefit from his deep understanding of the business, his industry expertise and his leadership skills that have elevated the stature of the USU College of Engineering to great heights while he was dean of that college. His continued successes are remarkable.”

Hinton began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Ill. After four years on the technical staff at Bell Labs he was promoted to supervisor of the Photonic Switching Technologies group, eventually becoming the head of the Photonic Switching Department in 1989. From 1992 to 1994 he was the BNR-NT/NSERC chair in the Photonic Systems at McGill University until he became the Hudson Moore Jr. Professor of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994. He then accepted a position as Dean E. Acker Distinguished Professor and the chairman of the University of Kansas Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. In 2002 Hinton accepted the position of dean, College of Engineering at Utah State University.

In his new role, Lemon will lead the development of the Innovation Campus and work closely with vice president of Advancement and Commercialization Robert Behunin to attract new business and commercial opportunities that enhance USU’s Innovation Campus.

“Over the past five years Doug has been a tremendous leader at USURF who has fostered a strong and positive work relationship between the university and the Research Foundation,” Albrecht said. “He is uniquely suited to lead the development of Innovation Campus.”

“Doug’s expertise with strategic planning will enable us to position the Innovation Campus for growth as our applied research and commercialization opportunities continue to expand at USU,” said Behunin.

Hailey will immediately step in as interim dean in the College of Engineering. She is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and served as the senior associate dean in the college during Hinton’s administration. At USU she is director of the National Center for Engineering Technology Education, a National Science Foundation-funded center for learning and teaching. She is a member of the ADVANCE-US team, another NSF-funded program to address issues that impact female faculty’s effectiveness and satisfaction in the engineering and science colleges at USU.

“Scott has provided significant leadership and innovative ideas throughout the 11 years he has served as dean of the College of Engineering,” said USU Provost Noelle Cockett. “I am delighted that my first academic appointment as provost of Utah State is Chris, who is ready and willing to step into the dean’s role. She will be a great contributor to the university’s leadership and will serve as a worthy role model for women in Engineering and across campus”

Hailey’s immediate appointment coincides with the opening of the academic year.

“I want to thank President Albrecht and Provost Cockett for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the outstanding students in the college,” Hailey said.  “I am excited and ready to start the school year in my new role.”

The Utah State University Research Foundation was founded in 1967 and is a nonprofit organization owned by Utah State University. USURF’s mission is to bridge the gap between discovery research and outcomes that benefit society. A unit of USURF, SDL is one of 14 University Affiliated Research Centers in the nation. Charged with applying basic research to the technology challenges presented in the military and science arenas, SDL has developed revolutionary solutions that are changing the way the world collects and uses data. SDL’s core competencies are electro-optical sensor systems, calibration, thermal management, reconnaissance systems and small satellite technologies. Headquartered in Logan, Utah, SDL has operations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Bedford, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Houston, Texas.

Related links:

Utah State University Research Foundation

USU College of Engineering

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