President Steven Leath selected Wickert to become Iowa State’s chief academic officer following a national search. The appointment is subject to approval by the Iowa Board of Regents.
Wickert will assume his new post July 30, and an interim will be appointed to lead the College of Engineering while a search is conducted for a new dean.
“Jonathan Wickert has shown strong leadership and an innovative approach to issues facing the College of Engineering and the university as a whole,” Leath said. “He’s the right person to lead a talented group of deans and other senior university officials in further advancing the quality of our academic programs.”
Wickert has served as dean of the College of Engineering since 2009. He is the James and Katherine Melsa Professor of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering. He came to Iowa State in 2007 as chair of the department of mechanical engineering and the Larry and Pam Pithan Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Previously, he served 17 years on the faculty in the mechanical engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.