Andel Named Computing Dean
Posted on January 26, 2023 by Lance Crawford
Dr. Todd R. Andel has been named dean of the University of South Alabama School of Computing, designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Andi Kent announced the appointment of Andel, who has served as chair and professor of computer science, effective May 15.
“Dr. Andel brings visionary leadership to the School of Computing with an emphasis on supporting faculty as they focus on student recruitment and success, expanding research opportunities, and engaging with community partners,” said Kent. “I am confident the School of Computing will continue its positive momentum under his leadership and will remain an important part of South’s journey as the Flagship of the Gulf Coast.”
Andel arrived at the University in 2012. Prior, he served as the computer science and engineering division chief at the Air Force Institute of Technology.
“It is exciting that I have the ability to take the next step in my career here at South,” Andel said. “South has provided great opportunities for me over the last 10 years, and I look forward to supporting the University in my new role as dean.”
Andel said he wants to continue to expand the School of Computing’s focus on research, which includes work with numerous federal agencies. The school offers majors in computer science, information systems, information technology and health informatics, along with graduate programs.
“I stated during my interview process the vision to increase our enrollment by 50 percent,” he said. “This is a very aggressive goal that will require many initiatives focused on recruiting and retention, as well as the introduction of new academic programs to be responsive to industry and government needs.”
Demand for computing graduates is high, with employment in computer and information technology occupations projected to grow 15 percent by 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The School of Computing is positioned to help meet that demand along the Gulf Coast and nationally, Andel said.
“Our alumni are already filling roles supporting our national defense, as many are serving in positions with the federal government and defense contractors. Our graduates are also filling key positions supporting software development and infrastructure support in the tech and health care sectors,” he said. “Computing really touches all aspects of our global society, and our graduates are well prepared to take on these challenging roles.”
Andel holds a Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Florida State University. He will replace Dr. J. Harold Pardue in the deanship role. Pardue has served as interim dean, in addition to his roles as dean of the Graduate School and associate vice president for Academic Affairs.
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