HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Wael Zatar, who served as interim
dean of Marshall University’s College of Information Technology and Engineering
(CITE) the past 8½ months, has been named permanent dean of the college,
effective May 1.
Dr. Gayle Ormiston, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, said
a national search was conducted and Zatar emerged as the best person for the position
from a pool of highly qualified candidates.
“Dr. Zatar met all the characteristics we were looking for,” Ormiston
said. “We are confident he will lead the college to new levels of achievement
and success. I look forward to working with Dr. Zatar as he facilitates the development
and growth of the college.”
Dr. Chuck Somerville, dean of Marshall’s College of Science, chaired the search
committee. He said the committee received 32 applications for the position, including
several that were very strong.
“In fact, we were so impressed with the applications that we received, we
interviewed 11 people by telephone before deciding who would be invited for campus
interviews,” Somerville said. “In the end, our task was to forward the
names of the top candidates to President Stephen Kopp and Senior Vice President
for Academic Affairs Ormiston.
“Dr. Zatar’s name was on the final short list because of his truly impressive
research record, his extensive experience with industry, his impeccable reputation
in his discipline, and the professionalism that he displayed during the search process.
Throughout the process we saw evidence that he would work hard on behalf of
Marshall University, and be a strong and effective advocate for the College of Information
Technology & Engineering. I am very pleased with the decision.”
Zatar has been at Marshall since 2006. He previously served at the University of
Kentucky and West Virginia Tech.
“It’s a great honor and a privilege to be chosen dean of the College
of Information Technology and Engineering,” Zatar said. “As interim
dean I learned a lot and now I am ready to hit the ground running.”
Zatar said he improved his knowledge about the administrative side of the university
and how to move promising initiatives forward. He said he has received strong support
from Kopp and Ormiston.
“I share my vision with their vision,” he said of university administrators.
“CITE houses one of the fastest growing programs in the university and I will
make sure to put every possible effort to continue CITE’s momentum. I want
to advance the college in a way that will match the university mission. I feel well
positioned to pursue the CITE mission for educating our students and for graduating
professionals who could participate in the economic development of our state and
Zatar received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering
from Cairo University in Egypt, and his Ph.D., also in civil engineering, from Saitama
University in Japan. He has conducted state-of-the-art research for 23 years
and has established strong partnerships and liaisons with funding agencies, industry
and research institutions.
Zatar’s research interests include bridge management, construction materials,
highway testing standards, advanced experimental destructive and non-destructive
testing techniques, reinforced and prestressed concrete, ultra high performance
concrete, fiber reinforced polymer composite bridges, green and sustainable highway
structures, health monitoring of transportation infrastructure systems, structural
repair and retrofit, and specialized rehabilitation systems.
He has 155 technical publications and has written a number of book chapters addressing
At Marshall, he taught Engineering Materials, Structural Analysis, Structural Steel
Design and Reinforced Concrete Design. He received numerous Awards from national
and international civil engineering organizations. In 2009, Zatar received the Precast/Prestressed
Concrete Institute Distinguished Young Educator Achievement Award.
He held memberships in 24 professional organizations, including the American Society
of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Transportation Research Board, American Concrete Institute,
and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. He Held 27 offices in professional organizations,
10 appointments in 10 national organizations and 10 appointments in regional organizations.
He is a member of 31 national committees.