The Dean reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration, who in turn reports to the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Duluth. The Dean is in charge of most of the administrative aspects of the college, while the Associate Dean and Assistant to the Deans oversee most of the Student Affairs issues. (see an organizational chart)
Dr. James P. Riehl
James P. Riehl is a Professor of Chemistry and came to the Swenson College of Science and Engineering in August 2000 from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan.
If you would like more background on the Dean, see his short vita.
Dr. Penny Morton
Penny Morton is an Associate Professor of Geological Science and has been Associate Dean in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering since 2009. She has been at UMD since 1980.
Associate to the DeanMs. Janny B. Walker
Janny Walker, Associate to the Dean, is responsible for public relations in the College and student recruitment, orientation, advisement, and registration.
Our Mission Statement
The Swenson College of Science and Engineering educates undergraduate and graduate students in the natural sciences, mathematical sciences, engineering, technology, and interdisciplinary work branching into these fields. We provide students with a rigorous curriculum and innovative opportunities to collaborate with faculty in theoretical and applied research and service activities related to our disciplines. Students are prepared to solve problems that benefit society as well — trained members of the work force and as successful participants in professional and other advanced degree programs. Faculty are actively engaged in professional and institutional service and outreach to the community. (find out more information)