LOGAN – Changes are underway in the largest department at Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.
The School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education (ASTE) will be divided as it continues to grow. Head of ASTE, Dr. Bruce Miller, will continue to lead programs in the Aviation Career and Technical Education division.
”There is kind of a resurgence right now over in the technical programs areas,” Dr. Miller explained. “Lots of demand for the technology-level people and one of the highest for me in that industry is the aviation industry, whether you’re a pilot or a mechanic. There’s huge demand across the country for those.”
Dr. Miller said the changes, which are being made to better serve students, include Dr. Becky Lawver’s appointment to become interim head of ASTE.
”To work with the students and allow us to continue to grow and manage those programs,” Dr. Miller said when describing Dr. Lawver’s role. “That’s really trying to align us so I can work with the industry side of the programming. Becky will focus more on the bachelors and graduate programs that train teachers.”
ASTE currently has 1,432 students. Following the change, Lawver will oversee programs for 574 students in ASTE. The new division, under Miller, begins with 858 students.
Dr. Miller has served as ASTE department head since 2004 and during his tenure the department has developed a number of new programs that serve students by focusing on areas of economic opportunity.
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