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Kent State Names New Director of the School of Digital Sciences

Posted Mar. 29, 2011

In a message from Provost Robert G. Frank, Kent State University has named Dr. Robert A. Walker as its first director of the new School of Digital Sciences, effective April 1, 2011.

Provost Frank's announcement is as follows:

Kent State University has named Dr. Robert A. Walker as its first director of the new School of Digital Sciences, effective April 1, 2011.  Dr. Walker is the former chair of the department of Computer Science. He provided key leadership in the development of Kent State University's School of Digital Sciences, which was approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on March 9.
Under the direction of Dr. Walker, the School of Digital Sciences will operate as a freestanding school at the university level, outside of any existing colleges. It will bring together faculty from multiple units into an interdisciplinary school -- while at the same time leaving them in their home units to pursue disciplinary research and teach.
The mission of the School of Digital Sciences is to foster a broad understanding of the digital sciences across traditional "digital" programs. The school will also serve as an incubator for research between faculty in related disciplines and as a focal point for multi-disciplinary collaborations.
The School of Digital Sciences will offer the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Arts, and the Master of Science in Digital Sciences, as well as an undergraduate minor.  These degrees will complement existing programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication and Information, Technology, and Education, Health, and Human Services.
Graduates of the school's Bachelor's programs will have a broad overview across traditional "digital" programs, and will be prepared to effectively understand and specify the information repositories, software applications, and telecommunication infrastructure needed to support the goals of an organization, and to work with a multi-disciplinary team to meet those needs.  The Master's degree also provides a broad overview, and can add breadth for graduates in many related areas.
As director, Dr. Walker will administer the School of Digital Sciences. A faculty advisory committee will advise the director in staffing courses and drawing on the expertise of the joint appointment faculty. Chairs and directors and deans of the related disciplines will work with the director in providing for the appropriate mix of faculty.
The School of Digital Sciences and associated degrees are innovative and unique in Ohio and nationally. We are pleased that Dr. Walker will continue to lead the implementation of this exciting project by serving as its Director.   
For more information on the School of Digital Sciences, visit
With warmest regards,
Robert G. Frank
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs