June 20, 2005

Osborne named dean of SIUC's engineering college

by Sue Davis


William Osborne

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale announced today that William P. Osborne, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will head SIUC's College of Engineering effective Aug. 1

His appointment is subject to ratification by the SIU Board of Trustees.

SIUC Provost and Vice Chancellor John M. Dunn said Osborne is a dynamic individual with experience in bringing engineering research and business and industry leaders together.

"We are very pleased that Bill will be here ahead of the start of fall semester, and we look forward to seeing the college continue to grow under his leadership," Dunn said.

Osborne, a native of Paducah, Ky., says that he is looking forward to moving to Carbondale.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity," Osborne said. "SIUC has a good college and it has a chance to be a great college. I want to be part of that."

Osborne has been in his present job at the University of Missouri for the past year. Before that he served as the dean of the School of Computing and Engineering there for two years.

He was dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas (Dallas) from 1995 to 2002, and was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University from 1990 to 1995.

His work as an electrical engineer has included stints at Comsat Corp., Harris Corp. and Telinq Systems Inc.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University.

He belongs to of the Institute of Electron and Electronic Engineers, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy at New Mexico State.

He serves on the board of the SigmaTel Corp. in Austin, Texas.

He and his wife, Mary Anne Osborne, plan to move to Carbondale this summer. They have three grown children.