MORAGA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2010) - Physics and Astronomy Professor Roy Wensley has been appointed Dean of the School of Science at Saint Mary's College of California. His appointment is effective January 1, 2011.
The Interim Dean for the School of Science, Wensley was selected after a national search, during which he was lauded for his scientific research, academic integrity, faculty advocacy and leadership.
"We're enthusiastic about Roy's appointment as Dean of the School of Science for Saint Mary's," said Provost Beth Dobkin. "Roy is an accomplished scholar who is recognized for his integrity and commitment to the College's mission, particularly in promoting the success of students in the sciences. He is a respected advocate for both faculty and staff, and I'm confident that he will be successful in helping secure the necessary resources for science education in the 21st century."
Wensley is the recipient of numerous National Science Foundation grants and has published extensively on the subject of theoretical particle physics in academic journals such as "Physical Review Letters," "Physics Letters" and in "Nuclear Physics." Wensley was responsible for securing several NSF summer research grants and is widely acknowledged for his mentorship of science students through the College's School of Science Summer Research Program. In 2009 he was recognized as Professor of the Year at Saint Mary's.
A member of Saint Mary's faculty for more than 20 years, Wensley has demonstrated leadership in service to academic excellence at the College and Saint Mary's institutional mission. He has chaired the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Academic Senate, served on the Core Curriculum Task Force and Rank and Tenure Committee for Saint Mary's. Wensley has also consistently been involved in activities that reflect the Lasallian and Catholic traditions of the College, including currently serving on the board of the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought Culture and Action.
Wensley said he is honored by the appointment and will work to highlight the achievements of Saint Mary's School of Science. "It has an excellent reputation because of its highly qualified faculty, commitment to undergraduate research and scholarship," he said. "I look forward to the opportunity to enhance the resources necessary to expand our great educational programs."
Wensley received his both his Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana and his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Purdue University. A longtime resident of the East Bay, Wensley lives in Concord, Calif. with his family.