Princeton Dean/Computer Scientist Named to Lead Harvey Mudd College

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Maria Klawe will be the first woman to serve as president of Harvey Mudd College in its 50-year history. She is currently dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Maria Klawe, dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been chosen to serve as the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College (HMC).

A renowned computer scientist and scholar, Klawe will be the first woman to serve as president of HMC, which is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. She will begin her duties July 1, 2006, and succeeds Jon C. Strauss, who will retire after more than nine years of service to the college as president. Klawe arrives at a time when the college has achieved new levels of pre-eminence in undergraduate education of engineers, scientists and mathematicians and has earned a reputation for attracting the nation's brightest students and faculty committed to teaching and research.

"We are extraordinarily pleased that Maria Klawe will be leading Harvey Mudd College into its second half-century," said Michael Shanahan, chair of the HMC board of trustees. "Her keen understanding and appreciation for the value of undergraduate education and research makes her the perfect choice for us."

An advocate for women and minorities pursuing careers in engineering, science and mathematics (fields where they are traditionally underrepresented), Klawe is part of a trend that emerged during Strauss' tenure. The percentage of women students and faculty at Harvey Mudd College has risen dramatically in the last decade.

Klawe has been active in many organizations promoting women and leadership in science and technology, and is currently chair of the board for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology in Palo Alto, Calif. She is a current member of the Executive Committee, the past president (2002-2004), and also a fellow (1995) of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and was a board member of the Computing Research Association. Her service to other organizations includes work as a trustee for the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, and the American Mathematical Society. She holds honorary doctorates from Dalhousie University (2005), Queen's University (2004), the University of Waterloo (2003), and Ryerson University (2001).

Maria Klawe earned her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics at the University of Alberta, Canada, and began her tenure at Princeton in January 2003. Prior to that, she held academic positions at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Toronto and Oakland University. During her 15 years at the University of British Columbia she served as head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995, vice president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998, and dean of science from 1998 to 2002. She also spent eight years in industry, serving at IBM Almaden Research Center, in San Jose, Calif., first as a research scientist, then as manager of the Discrete Mathematics Group and manager of the Mathematics and Related Computer Science Department.

"I can't wait to get started," Klawe stated, with her trademark enthusiasm. "The world needs Harvey Mudd College to continue its wonderful track record of innovation in undergraduate engineering, science and mathematics education, and to lead the way in developing the next generation of educational advances. Mudd also has the level of spirit, creativity, drive and energy that will be needed."

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