Dr. Houston Thompson named as dean of Olivet Nazarene University's Walker School of Engineering

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BOURBONNAIS, IL (08/30/2017) Olivet Nazarene University recently announced the appointment of Dr. Houston Thompson as dean of the Martin D. Walker School of Engineering, effective August 1, 2017. He is responsible for overseeing the School's undergraduate academic programs, as well as the work of its faculty members.

"The School of Engineering is a thriving and growing academic division at Olivet," said Dr. Carol Summers, vice president for academic affairs. "Dr. Thompson's seasoned leadership will be an asset to help the School navigate the myriad opportunities ahead. I have every confidence that he will serve our students well and work effectively with the faculty to accomplish their vision for the School."

Olivet's School of Engineering consists of two departments: the Department of Engineering, chaired by Dr. Joseph Schroeder, and the Department of Computer Science, co-chaired by Dr. Larry Vail and Dr. Cathy Bareiss. Under Dr. Thompson's leadership in the coming year, the Department of Engineering will have an accreditation site visit by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

In addition to his responsibilities as dean, Dr. Thompson serves as the director of Olivet's Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership degree program in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He is also Olivet's accreditation liaison officer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Prior to accepting this new assignment, Dr. Thompson served as Olivet's associate vice president for academic affairs. When he first joined Olivet's faculty in 2006, he was chair of the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice. In 2013, he was appointed dean of the School of Professional Studies, which included the Departments of Engineering and Computer Science at that time.

Dr. Thompson holds a doctorate in education, a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree and a master's degree in church management. He is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He is the author of the book Conflict Management for Faith Leaders. His academic and professional interests include leadership, strengths-based youth development, not-for-profit and organizational management, and fundraising.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 140 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet's 275-acre park-like main campus is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, 50 miles south of Chicago. Additional sites are in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year through study abroad opportunities, internships and worldwide mission trips.


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Laura Warfel
Public Relations Specialist
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, IL 60914