DBJ: Wright State hires strategic Air Force leader as new dean

Darryl K. Ahner will join Wright State as dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

A prominent Dayton university has announced a new college dean.

The Air Force leader has been the dean for research at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Darryl K. Ahner has been named the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University, according to an announcement by Provost Amy Thompson. His new position is effective July 3.

Under Dr. Ahner’s leadership, College of Engineering and Computer Science will provide Wright State students with transformative opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to develop into in-demand engineers and computer scientists, according to Thompson, who’s also senior vice president for academic affairs.

“As dean, he will foster a community that values inclusiveness, integrity, ingenuity, accountability, competence, and honesty,” Thompson said.

Michael L. Raymer, professor and chair of the department of computer science and engineering, has served as the college’s interim dean during the 2022-23 academic year.

“There is a strong demand for engineers and computer scientists across the region and nationally,” Ahner said. “President Susan Edwards and Provost Amy Thompson have built a strong foundation of recruitment, retention and relationships toward ensuring student success, and I plan to continue this work with the staff and faculty of CECS in enabling our students to excel in their lives and chosen careers.”

As dean for research at the AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Dr. Ahner leads the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and manages a $36 million research program. He provides advice and assistance to the chancellor, administrators, and faculty on research, technology transfer, strategic communications, outreach, and partnership activities, according to WSU.

In addition, Dr. Ahner is a professor of stochastic operations research.

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