A message from the president of UAH.

Dear Charger Community,

I am excited to announce Dr. David A. Puleo has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, effective Aug. 1, 2022. In addition, please join me in thanking Dr. Robert Lindquist and Dr. John Christy for their remarkable dedication and service in their interim roles during this period of transition. I feel both did outstanding work, and I know they are pleased to be able to return full-time to their positions of Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science/Director of the Earth System Science Center, respectively.

Dr. Puleo’s broad-ranging administrative, academic, and technical experience, as well as his track record of research expertise, all make for a wonderful fit for our mission at UAH. I believe his commitment to student, faculty, and staff academic support and collaboration will positively impact the entire university community and our vision as an institution. I am looking forward to working closely with him as we continue to grow UAH as a model of an innovative 21st-century university.

Dr. Puleo currently serves as dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi (UM). Prior to joining UM, he served as associate dean for research and graduate studies and a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Kentucky. Over the course of his career he moved through the faculty ranks; was a productive investigator; mentored high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, medical and dental students and residents, and faculty; was also a center director and department chair; and has been externally engaged with industry and fundraising. In his various administrative roles, Dr. Puleo and his teams increased undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, increased the number of underrepresented and female engineering students, facilitated increased research expenditures, added new programs and inter-institutional academic partnerships, and oversaw new capital projects, among other accomplishments.

Dr. Puleo earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has written over 120 refereed journal articles, co-authored a textbook, and been published in several other books and periodicals. As a researcher in the area of regenerative biomaterials, Dr. Puleo has served as principal investigator and investigator on federal, state, and industry grants and contracts exceeding $13M. His research has led to more than 15 intellectual property disclosures, patent applications, and patents, and is associated with two start-up companies. Dr. Puleo is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Society, and International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and National Academy of Inventors.

While appropriate members of The Board of Trustees have been notified of the proposed terms and conditions of this proposed appointment, the financial terms remain subject to approval by The Board of Trustees.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Puleo.


Charles L. Karr
Interim President

To submit an announcement, contact omc@uah.edu.
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