Anne Houtman Named Vice President for Academic Affairs

Monday, April 11, 2016
Anne Houtman

Anne Houtman

An administrator with the California State University system who has had a distinguished career in research and teaching has been named vice president for academic affairs at Rose-Hulman.

The appointment of Anne M. Houtman was announced by Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell. She will begin the new role on July 1.

Houtman is in her third year as dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at California State University, Bakersfield, a campus of the largest university system in the nation. She also led the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology from 2011-13.

As an administrator at these institutions, Houtman helped secure external funding to support new academic initiatives, oversaw strategic planning to strengthen academic programs, increased faculty and student diversity, and managed accreditation processes. She also initiated partnerships with corporations, foundations, and government agencies to support a variety of initiatives, including the California Energy Research Center, student internships, faculty research opportunities, and cutting-edge technical equipment.

"Anne's deep experience in all facets of academic life and her devotion to teaching and learning will help us build on our foundation as a leader in undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education," says Conwell. "Her own work embodies our emphasis on teaching excellence and our vision to expand student research opportunities, foster entrepreneurial thinking, and forge new alliances to advance STEM education at Rose-Hulman."

As vice president for academic affairs here, Houtman will work with the dean of faculty and academic department heads to support the institute's highly respected academic programs. Six of Rose-Hulman's engineering departments have been consistently ranked No. 1 by other college presidents and engineering deans through a survey conducted for U.S. News & World Report's annual college guide.

"Rose-Hulman has a national reputation for its laser focus on educating the STEM leaders of tomorrow within a supportive community of innovative and creative teacher-scholars," says Houtman. "I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Rose-Hulman community."

As a first-generation college graduate, Houtman knows the importance of an education within a nurturing environment featuring small classes, state-of-the-art laboratories, and authentic research experiences led by faculty teacher-scholars. She earned a doctorate in zoology from the University of Oxford in 1991, after receiving a master's degree in anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles in 1985 and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Pomona College (California) in 1983. Houtman also attended Harvard University's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education in 2015.

Experience at higher education institutions that are diverse in both mission and size gives Houtman a broad perspective of the education landscape. She has had faculty positions at Wesleyan College (Macon, Georgia), Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois), Soka University of American (Aliso Viejo, California), and California State University, Fullerton.

Houtman replaces Richard Stamper, who has been serving in the vice president's role on an interim basis during the 2015-16 academic year. Recognized in 2012 as one of the nation's best college educators, for the Princeton Review's The Best 300 Professors book, Stamper will return to the classroom as a professor of mechanical engineering and engineering management.