ARLINGTON - The
University of Texas at Arlington announces that Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, the
University’s vice president for research and federal relations, has been named
provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Elsenbaumer will succeed
Donald R. Bobbitt, who plans to leave UT Arlington at the end of October to
become president of the University of Arkansas System. Elsenbaumer’s
appointment takes effect Oct. 24.
UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo
said Elsenbaumer has played a significant role in strengthening the University’s
research profile, particularly in the areas of science, engineering,
biotechnology and nanotechnology. Elsenbaumer has been a champion for the
University in North Texas, Austin, Washington, D.C., and beyond, Spaniolo said.
“Dr. Elsenbaumer has demonstrated
his ability to help lead our University toward academic excellence, and he
fully understands the totality of the University,” Spaniolo said. “We could not
ask for a more dedicated, more skillful leader to help guide UT Arlington as it
becomes a major national research institution.”
As provost, Elsenbaumer will
be the University’s chief academic officer, overseeing all colleges, schools,
research and academic programs.
“It is an honor to serve
the University in this new capacity, and I look forward to working with our
president and his leadership team, faculty, staff and students in pursuit of
our Tier One
educator and researcher for more than 30 years, Elsenbaumer’s varied interests include
developing new electrically conductive polymers, mechanistic organic and
polymer chemistry and environmentally friendly lubricant additives. He has
authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, holds more than 35 U.S.
patents and has secured more than $10 million in external research
Elsenbaumer earned his
undergraduate degree in chemistry from Purdue University and earned his
doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University. He worked in the private
sector for Allied-Signal Inc., a major industrial company, before joining UT
Arlington in 1991 as chairman and director of the University’s Materials
Science and Engineering department. In 1996, he also became chair of UT
Arlington’s Chemistry and Biochemistry department.
Since then, Elsenbaumer has
served as director of UT Arlington’s Nano-Fabrication Research and Teaching
Facility and as interim provost in 2007-2008. A full professor since 1991, he
holds a dual appointment in the College of Science and the College of
Engineering and serves on numerous academic and University committees.
The University of Texas
at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 34,000 students
in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.