UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State (USA)
Andrew Sears, former dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), succeeds David Hall, who returned to the faculty ranks in fall 2014. Sears began his appointment July 11.
“I cannot imagine a more exciting intellectual space than the intersection of people, technology and information, and I am excited to be joining the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology,” Sears said. “I can’t wait to begin working with the faculty, staff and students to build on the very strong foundation established by my predecessors.”
The Newton, Massachusetts, native has served as a dean and professor at RIT since 2011. During his tenure at RIT, Sears founded the first academic department in the United States dedicated exclusively to computing security and attended the recent White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection where President Barack Obama signed an executive order to promote information sharing about cyber threats.”