Changing of the guard announced at Pitt

April 2, 2018 GMT

The University of Pittsburgh announced a changing of the guard at its law school and the school of engineering this week.

Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson said Amy J. Wildermuth, associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Utah, has been named dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, effective July 1, and James R. Martin II, the Bob Benmosche professor and chair of the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University, will assume the role of dean at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, effective Aug. 15.


Martin replaces Gerald D. Holder, who has served as dean of the Swanson School since 1996 and returns to the faculty in fall 2018.

As department chair at Clemson, Martin led the development of new curricula, establishment of new degree programs and new transdisciplinary research collaborations, having secured two institutional National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to implement innovations in engineering programs at Clemson and 60 other engineering schools across the nation. He also developed global partnerships, including a new dual doctorate of civil engineering degree program with top-ranked Tongji University in China.

“A fierce champion of global partnerships and world-class research, Dr. Martin is perfectly positioned to lead the Swanson School’s next chapter of success,” Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said.

Wildermuth replaces Dean William M. Carter Jr. Carter, who has served as dean of Pitt’s law school for the last six years, last summer announced he planned to return to teaching at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Wildermuth was the University of Utah’s first chief sustainability officer and a professor in the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Her academic career has focused on civil procedure, administrative law, environmental law and U.S. Supreme Court practice.

“While a number of outstanding candidates emerged during our search, Professor Wildermuth is truly exceptional and uniquely qualified to serve as the next dean of the School of Law.” Beeson said.

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