Steve Crouch, a 1961 graduate of Sleepy Eye High School, is retiring as dean of the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota.

Steve Crouch, a 1961 graduate of Sleepy Eye High School, has served as dean of the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota for the past ten years. He will retire at the end of August.

The following information is from the office of Karen Hansen, Executive Vice President and Provost:

“Dean Crouch, who joined the University faculty in 1970, is a professor of civil, environmental, and geo-engineering whose research focuses on numerical modeling of problems in solid mechanics. He is a triple University graduate, having received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, in mineral engineering, from our institution. He headed the Department of Civil [and Mineral] Engineering from 1987 to 1997, and then served as associate dean for finance and planning for the college from 1997 to 2005. His many professional honors includes the Charles W. Britzius Distinguished Engineer Award from the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies, and in 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.”

Hansen said, “Crouch has been a truly exemplary leader. His vision and commitment have greatly strengthened both CSE and the University.”

Reflecting on his time as dean, Crouch highlighted several accomplishments:

•Completion of $230 million in building projects across the college. In 2017, when renovations are complete for Mechanical Engineering and the Tate Science and Teaching Building, the number will be $375 million.

•Raised more than $250 million to support faculty and staff, students, facilities and academic programs.

•In 2005, there were about 2,500 applications for the freshman class and the average composite ACT score for the 800 students enrolled was 28 (out of 36.) For 2015, there were more than 13,000 applications for a freshman class of 1,076 and the average ACT score was 31.5, the highest at the University.

•Expanded the number of faculty members from 400 in 2005 to 433 this year, the highest ever. Included in this group are eight Regents Professors, 12 members of the National Academy of Engineering and four members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Crouch said, “This is a solid foundation on which to build in 2016 and beyond.” He said he enjoyed his time as dean but felt the time was right for a change in leadership for the College of Science and Engineering. “I am proud to have served as leader for what I believe is the best college at one of the best universities in the country,” he concluded.