Sebastian van Delden Named Winthrop Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

From the website of Winthrop University

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Sebastian van Delden, dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematicsand Engineering at the College of Charleston, was announced today as Winthrop University’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The provost reports directly to President Edward A. Serna '02 and is a valuable member of Winthrop’s cabinet.

Upon selecting van Delden for the position, Serna noted that he was the preferred finalist among all campus constituencies based on feedback provided to him. He also thought van Delden’s personality, which Serna described as “charismatic, positive and dynamic” would serve the university well.

He will assume his new duties on Jan. 18. He’ll replace Interim Provost Peter Judge, who came out of retirement as professor emeritus of religious studies, to lead the division until a permanent provost was named.

Prior to his current role at the College of Charleston, where he helped establish its first engineering programs and first doctoral programs, set a historic record in philanthropic giving and reach record high enrollment in STEM majors, van Delden served as an assistant professor at USC Upstate where he was promoted to associate professor, became director of research for the campus, and won all three faculty awards in teaching, research and service. He also served as the department head of computer science and industrial technology at Southeastern Louisiana University for three years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Central Florida. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on artificial intelligence.

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