Penn State Erie Engineering Turns to Drexel Vice Provost for New Leadership


Below is a message from Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost M. Brian Blake, PhD:

Over the course of the academic year, Timothy P. Kurzweg, PhD, vice provost for undergraduate education, has become a valuable member of my leadership team as vice provost for undergraduate education. His focus on developing campus-wide initiatives that propel undergraduate student achievement and foster lifelong success held great promise. Tim has been a wonderful colleague to all of us in the office.  So, it is with mixed emotions that I want to let you know that Tim has been recruited by Penn State Behrend as their new director of the School of Engineering.

Tim takes over his new post in July, and will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for a well-regarded school with 70 full-time faculty members, 1,700 students, and a full range of 10 undergraduate degree programs. In addition, Erie is the hometown of Tim’s wife, so this move brings him and his children closer to her parents, while also allowing Tim to move within two hours of his own hometown, Pittsburgh.

As I noted when announcing Tim’s appointment as vice provost last fall, he earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His undergraduate degree in engineering is from the Pennsylvania State University. Drexel honors include the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2009 and the 2006 Thomas W. Moore Award, a teaching award for excellence and innovation in his discipline. In addition to teaching in the College of Engineering, Tim is an entrepreneur, well-funded researcher, frequent journal contributor and conference presenter, and just all-around great guy — attributes that, no doubt, impressed Penn State.

The appointment of an interim vice provost for undergraduate education will be announced in due course. Working within the framework established by our 2012-2019 Strategic Plan, we will continue to create initiatives committed to assuring that Drexel undergraduate students are among the most academically, socially, and civically engaged in the nation, and driven by a passion for learning by doing.

For now, please join me in congratulating Tim Kurzweg and wishing him well.


M. Brian Blake

Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost