Dr. Stephen Jodis Named Dean of Boyer School
Posted: Wednesday Aug 10, 2011
Dr. Stephen M. Jodis has been named dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing at Saint Vincent College, according to an announcement by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.
Dr. Jodis joins the Saint Vincent College senior staff after 21 years at Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU), Savannah, Georgia, where he served most recently as interim dean of the College of Science and Technology and professor of computer science.
A 1985 graduate of Auburn University where he earned a bachelor of computer engineering, he also earned a master of science degree and a Ph.D. from the department of computer science and engineering there.
He is a Commissioner of the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, and is active as a program evaluator and accreditation team chair. He is also a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
A native of southern Michigan, his family moved to Alabama while he was in high school. During the trip, he says he loved the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee. When he came to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania to visit Saint Vincent, he had the same reaction to the Chestnut Ridge and mountains to the east.
“Saint Vincent has some unique academic features that were attractive to me,” Dr. Jodis said. “The bioinformatics, environmental science and biochemistry programs are interesting collaborative efforts. The other thing that attracted me was the new Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. When you come into this building, it just puts a smile on your face because it is so impressively well done. It is well planned and implemented in every detail. The enthusiasm of the faculty is very evident and the generous laboratory and classroom spaces result in excellent opportunities for the students.”
Dr. Jodis said that he looks forward to advancing the strategic plan for the Boyer School and to developing new collaborative and interdisciplinary opportunities for the students and faculty. “We will all work together to make things happen,” he added.
“One thing is very evident to a newcomer to Saint Vincent and that is the focus on students,” Dr. Jodis concluded. “Helping students achieve their goals is the top priority. You can accomplish a lot by listening to what others have to say and their vision.”
Dr. Jodis has been honored with membership in the Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon National Computer Science Honorary, and Epsilon Delta Pi National Computer Science Honorary. He received the AASU Distinguished Faculty Service to the University Award in 2010.
The author of numerous articles, presentations, manuals, technical reports, professional papers and encyclopedia entries, Dr. Jodis is also the author of a textbook, Computer Programming Concepts.
Dr. Jodis and his family – wife, Maria, and sons, Christopher and Matthew – have recently relocated to the city of Latrobe. They were formerly members of Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Georgia where he served as a lector.