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Accomplished scientist and educator named as chief academic officer at Lawrence Tech


Dear Students, Faculty, StaffAlumni, and Friends of LTU: 

It is my pleasure to inform you that Dr. Tarek M. Sobh has been named vice president of academic affairs and provost at Lawrence Technological University. He will be joining our university community on September 1.

His appointment concludes a national search that initially attracted some 200 candidates. Dr. Sobh is currently the interim provost at the University of Bridgeport (UB) as well as UB’s executive vice president of research and economic development and founding dean of its College of Engineering, Business, and Education.

In Dr. Sobh, we feel we have found an internationally recognized educational leader who will help us continue to improve Lawrence Tech’s strong academic programs, expand our service to the professions and the region, and assure that our graduates are well prepared for the challenges of the shifting global economy. Dr. Sobh is also an exemplary scholar and through his research, writings, and presentations, has added much to the field of engineering and other technological professions.

As provost, Dr. Sobh (pronounced soap) will oversee LTU’s four colleges, its library, and LTU’s offices of eLearning, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Corporate and Community Partnerships.

Dr. Sobh is also a distinguished professor of engineering and computer science at UB, a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, and member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. A licensed professional engineer with many additional certifications, he received the BSc in engineering degree with honors from Alexandria University in Egypt, and MS and PhD degrees in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania. More about him can be found in this news release being sent out today:

As you may know, Dr. Sobh will succeed Dr. Maria J. Vaz, who has served on LTU’s faculty since 1984 and been our exemplary provost since 2006. She will retire on June 30 and has held a large number of leadership posts at LTU. Last year, Crain’s Detroit Business named her among its 2019 Notable Women in STEM.

As soon as possible, given conditions of the pandemic, we plan to have events that will honor Dr. Vaz for her remarkable service and accomplishments, and also introduce you personally to Dr. Sobh.

We should also extend our gratitude to the members of the Provost Search Committee, co-chaired by Trustee David Wohleen and Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs Bruce Annett. The committee worked for many months to review and interview a number of exemplary candidates. We greatly appreciate their service and that of the many other staff and faculty who participated in candidate meetings and interviews.


Virinder K. Moudgil

President and CEO

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