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Chad McEvoy appointed Dean of College of Science and Technology

Written by on April 21, 2023

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NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University’s acting Provost, Ani Yazedjian, announced that Dr. Chad McEvoy has been named the dean of ISU’s College of Applied Science and Technology.

McEvoy will be transferring from Northern Illinois University where he served as Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs. McEvoy will be taking over for Dr. Todd McLoda who has been CAST dean for ISU since 2017.

McEvoy started his faculty career in the college of applied science and technology in 2002, where he developed as a teacher and scholar through CAST until moving on in 2012. For the next three years of his career he worked as program director at Syracuse University until eventually transferring to NIU where he acted as program director, department chair, vice provost and chief of staff to provost during his time there. McEvoy earned his bachelors in sports management from Iowa State University, then eventually his masters from the University of Massachusetts. After working for ISU for many years of his career, the new dean believes he can bring a cultivation of program development through his experiences.

“Even though it’s been a decade, I feel like I have a good feel for ISU and what makes ISU such a great place,” said Dr. McEvoy. “But then I think, over the last 10 years, I’ll be able to supplement this with these other experiences.”

McEvoy comes back to ISU with an optimistic mindset for the future. His first order of business is said to be the implementation of a new strategic planning process. CAST has had a plan for the last several years, however that plan is about to expire in the next year. The college is noted to have already begun working to collect information from a variety of different stakeholders, alumni, staff, and students to create a new plan. McEvoy feels that this process is collective and should not be solely up to him.

“It’s not about my vision for what is the future of CAST, but rather I think it’s about what is our collective vision as a group of faculty, staff and students,” said Dr. McEvoy.

In addition, McEvoy looks forward to realigning how students take on problems through interdisciplinary programs and scholarships. He also hopes examine evaluation criteria in order to align them with the schools mission, vision, and values. McEvoy’s other responsibilities will include maintaining enrollment and increasing diversity within CAST. McEvoy is set to begin his role on July 1.