YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Wim Steelant, vice president of Research and dean of Science at St. Thomas University in Florida, has been named the new dean of Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The YSU Board of Trustees approved the appointment at its regular meeting on Wednesday. Steelant will begin the new position on March 16.
Steelant replaces Martin Abraham, who was named YSU provost in October 2014. Gregg Sturrus, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has served as interim dean.
“We are excited to bring Dr. Steelant to YSU as our new STEM Dean,” Abraham said. “Wim brings a wealth of experience from his time as dean at St. Thomas University, as well as his performance as their vice president of Research. His interdisciplinary background, with degrees in chemistry, biology and chemical engineering, align perfectly with the approach that we have taken with the STEM College.”
Steelant has received many honors, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Leadership and Success in 2011. He has received funding for more than 20 projects totaling more than $6 million, and is fluent in four languages — English, French, Dutch and Flemish.