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 Tuesday, November 9, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Rob Davis , Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Rob Davis, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. (Photo/Larry Harwood)

In the Spotlight With Rob Davis

They lead major academic divisions and shape the direction and quality of programs for faculty, staff and students. In this series, “In the Spotlight,” we ask CU-Boulder deans to give us a glimpse into their personalities by answering questions aimed at providing a unique perspective on “the person behind the desk.” Part three of this series features Robert Davis, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

1. Outside of work, what do you spend the most time thinking about and why?

I have a close-knit family, including my wife Shirley and our daughters Grace (12) and Allison (11). I think of them often, and we like to spend time together biking, walking, skiing and vacationing, as well as the more mundane family fare of driving the kids to activities and helping with their homework! I also think often on matters of faith, having grown up in a Christian home and church, and led a high-school youth group when I was in college and graduate school. We are members of the church in town where my wife works and I previously was the volunteer leader of its university program. I am fortunate to have continued a research program while dean, and I enjoy working with my students and often take their papers home or on trips and think about their projects then. Finally, I ride my bike to CU everyday, which gives me time while riding in to think about the day ahead and the people I'll meet, and time while riding home to make the transition in thought from matters of work to matters of family.

2. If you had to choose one way to be remembered, which of the following would you choose and why: wise, kind, successful?

If I am choosing how others will most likely remember me, it would probably be “successful,” due to the long and focused hours that I work and what I have been fortunate to accomplish. However, if I am choosing how I would like to be remembered, it would be “kind,” as (despite the no-nonsense exterior) I care deeply about my family, colleagues, and students and try to do what I can to help them succeed.

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