New Dean Joins Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Dr. Stanley K. Baczek has been named dean of the School of Engineering, Nursing, and Science and professor of polymer science and engineering at Cedarville University. Baczek fills the void left by Dr. Dan Wetzel, who is retiring from the dean`s position after 40 years of service to the University. Dr. Duane Wood, academic vice president, shared, "Dr. Baczek brings an exceptional combination of industrial, academic, and managerial experience to the dean`s position. His track record of building relationships between the academy and its external professional communities will help Cedarville University advance to a new level of excellence in educating our students." Following a 20-year career in industry, Baczek spent the last nine years at Pennsylvania College of Technology serving as director of the plastics manufacturing center, department chair of the plastics department, and associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and he earned both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Baczek holds six U.S. patents and has had numerous articles published in the fields of polymer characterization, petroleum additives, and rheology of motor oils. In his new roles, Baczek will teach; provide leadership and management for the faculty, staff, and students of the School; and represent the School to external constituencies. He noted, "I believe it is imperative in these times to educate men and women to be Christlike influencers in their chosen professions. ... As dean of the School of Engineering, Nursing, and Science, my role will include helping to fulfill the dreams, aspirations, and calling of students and faculty." Baczek will begin his new duties on July 1, 2003. -30-