includes new programs, facilities
By RYAN OLSON
The Daily Mining Gazette
March 27, 2004
HOUGHTON Curt Tompkins is leaving a legacy
of academic development and campus modernization after his 12 years
running Michigan Tech University.
Tompkins came to MTU after serving as 11 years as
dean of engineering at West Virginia University. Under Tompkins
leadership, MTU emerged as one of U.S. News and World Reports
top 50 public universities.
Tompkins credits his faculty and staff.
Basically its been a good team effort,
he said. Ive enjoyed working with a lot of good people.
Tompkins also said hes consistently been impressed
by the quality of Tech students.
We have the most wonderful students that an
university could have, he said.
Tompkins said the university is in a strong financial
position despite ongoing budget problems. Aside from the general
fund, Techs other accounts and cash balance are in good condition.
Im actually handing off a university thats
in much better financial shape than the one I inherited, he
Eight new landmarks erected on campus during his time
include the $44 million Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Building, the $20 million Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and
the $35 million Center for Integrated Learning and Information Technology,
still under construction (see related graphic).
Tompkins helped build community relations on and off-campus.
On campus, he helped promote shared governance between the administration
and staff and faculty and increased involvement from alumni hailing
from around the world.
Off-campus, Tompkins and Tech helped spur the creation
of the Michigan Tech EnterPrise SmartZone with the Keweenaw Industrial
Council and the cities of Hancock and Houghton, geared to help spur
high-tech job creation.
Former Michigan Tech Fund President Gary Anderson,
chairman of Dow Corning Corp., praised Tompkins efforts for
Tech including leading the Leaders for Innovation campaign which
raised $146 million for the school. The campaign was the most successful
fund-raising effort in Tech history.
Curt helped Tech build its endowment while providing
funds for student scholarships and fellowships, faculty development,
campus enrichment and new facilities, Anderson said in a statement.
Interim President Glenn Mroz praised the man he is
Curt has done a marvelous job of taking us to
and over the threshold of being a national university of choice,