Lori Mann Bruce is the new associate vice president for academic affairs and graduate school dean at Mississippi State University. Bruce, associate dean of the university’s Bagley College of Engineering since 2008, succeeds the retiring Louis D’Abramo. Like D’Abramo, she is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, MSU’s highest faculty rank.
The appointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning. She will be the first woman to lead MSU’s graduate school.
Bruce is a University of Alabama in Huntsville doctoral graduate in electrical and computer engineering. She also holds a UAH bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master’s in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Prior to coming to MSU, she was an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Over her academic career, she has received several teaching awards and National Science Foundation research fellowships.