Issue date: 20 November 2001

David VandeLinde is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education in recognition of his outstanding leadership of the University of Bath and his wider contribution to the development of higher education, particularly in the West of England.

David VandeLinde was born in Charleston, West Virginia, in the United States of America and attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he received his Batchelors degree in 1964, a Masters in 1965 and his Doctorate in 1968. He is married to Marjorie and they have two sons.

In 1967 David VandeLinde was appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department of Johns Hopkins University. He established himself as an active researcher specialising in communications and control. He was appointed Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1974, and became a full Professor in 1977. In 1978 he was appointed Dean of John Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, as part of its re-establishment as a separate entity of the University. During Professor VandeLinde’s fourteen years as Dean, the Whiting School developed the largest part-time engineering Masters degree programme in the United States. In addition to his teaching and research Professor VandeLinde served as a consultant to the US Army, Navy and several private corporations.

Professor VandeLinde arrived at the University of Bath in 1992 as Vice-Chancellor. During the following nine years he contributed to the development, not only of his university, but also of higher education in the West of England. In particular he encouraged a very special relationship between the University of the West of England and the University of Bath and reached agreement with Swindon Borough Council and local businesses to create a new campus in Swindon from which to serve much of Wiltshire.

In August 2001, Professor VandeLinde became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick.

Professor VandeLinde holds membership of many eminent educational associations and societies. He is a member of the Council for Science and Technology and Chairs the Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme Committee of Universities UK.

Professor VandeLinde will be conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education at the awards ceremony of Bristol Business School on Monday 19 November at 2.45pm at Bristol Cathedral.


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