Albany - The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today appointed Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh (BEE-Young Yeah) as the permanent president
of the SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) effective
no later than August 1.
An engineer by
training, Dr. Yeigh is currently vice
president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He received his education and training at Princeton and Stanford Universities, Dartmouth College and the United States Navy.
Wolf Yeigh’s extensive background, experience and success in engineering and as
an educator and administrator will benefit the SUNYIT campus and the greater
Utica-Rome communities. He comes to SUNYIT bearing world-class credentials.”
said Carl T. Hayden, Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees. “I am pleased to
support his appointment and I am confident that the search committee and Interim
Chancellor Clark have found the next great leader for SUNYIT.”
“Bjong Wolf Yeigh has the right blend of teaching, research and administrative
skills needed to lead SUNYIT,” said SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark.
“I want to thank the SUNY IT Search Committee and the College Council for completing
such a successful search.”
In addition to Norwich University, Dr. Yeigh has held important academic and administrative posts at St. Louis and Yale Universities and was a member of the faculty at Oklahoma State University.
“I am very grateful to have
the opportunity to work with the students, faculty and staff of SUNYIT,” said
Dr. Yeigh. “My heartfelt thanks go to the SUNYIT search committee, the college
council, Interim Chancellor Clark and the SUNY Board of Trustees for placing
their confidence in me.”
“We are thrilled Dr. Yeigh has become the president of SUNYIT,” said Patrick
Brennan, chair of the SUNYIT College Council and the SUNYIT Presidential Search
Committee. “Dr. Yeigh’s passion for higher education and engineering and his
accomplishments as an educator and administrator are a perfect fit for SUNYIT
and we eagerly await his arrival on campus.”
Dr. Yeigh succeeds Dr. Peter
Spina, who has been serving as Interim President since July 2004.
Interim Chancellor Clark said,
“I would like to thank Peter Spina, who has been serving as interim president
of SUNYIT, for his dedicated service and successful leadership of the campus.”
Dr. Bjong Yeigh
In his role as vice president
for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Norwich University, Dr. Yeigh
is responsible for providing leadership to all academic and support programs.
He holds a tenured professorship in a joint appointment with the Mechanical
Engineering Department and the School of Business and Management.
Some of his many accomplishments
at Norwich include, launching a number of new majors, establishing
international cooperation programs with Australian Defense Force Academy, the Dublin Business School, and the Chinese Military Academy. He initiated a
university retention plan and embedded outcomes assessment in university
From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Yeigh
served as dean of St. Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation
and Technology where he was responsible for the management and oversight of
seven departments including Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Aviation
Science, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Physics.
During his service as dean of
Parks College, Dr. Yeigh established fourteen new endowments, instituted the
first Ph.D. degree program in Biomedical Engineering, optimized eight percent
of the college budget without eliminating faculty slots, established
international cooperative agreements with Cuidad del Saber in Panama and Hankuk
Aviation University in Korea, and introduced an interdisciplinary doctoral
program in Integrated and Applied Sciences.
Prior to his position at St.
Louis University, Dr. Yeigh held the post of assistant provost for science and
technology at Yale University (1999-2003), where he managed and oversaw
academic facilities, research, budget and faculty programs in the natural and
social sciences. Before that position, he was an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University (1995-1999), and before that was a consultant with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (1994-1995).
A veteran of the U.S. Navy
(1987-1995), Dr. Yeigh served as a tactical intelligence officer for Fighter
Squadron Seventy-Four (VF-74) aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60) in Operation
Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In addition, he received highly specialized training
at several U.S. Navy facilities including the “Top Gun” Navy Fighter Weapons School in Miramar CA.
Dr. Yeigh remains actively
engaged in his own sponsored research as well as undergraduate research project
supervision. He has a number of publications and is involved with professional
affiliations and community activities.
Dr. Yeigh earned his BA in
engineering science from Dartmouth College, MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, graduate certificate in science and technology policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and MA and PhD in Civil Engineering and
operations research from Princeton University.
Dr. Yeigh will earn a salary of $185,000 per year and be
provided with the use of a vehicle and a housing allowance of $4,000 per month.
SUNYIT is a high-tech campus
located on 850 acres in a beautiful Upstate New York setting. As SUNY’s newest
campus, it offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in dozens of
disciplines focusing on technology, professional studies, and the liberal arts.
Founded in 1966, the campus currently enrolls more
than 2,500 students.
About the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.