Koubek named new Tech president

HOUGHTON — Richard Koubek was unanimously chosen as Michigan Technological University’s 10th president as a special Tech Board meeting Friday.

Koubek comes from Louisiana State University, where he spent nine years, the past three as executive vice president and provost. Prior to that, he spent six years there as dean of the engineering college, expanding its undergraduate enrollment by 53 percent.

“Based on his background, his experiences and the strength of character that he brings forward … I believe that Dr. Koubek was born for this place, this position at this time,” said Board Chairman Terry Woychowski.

Koubek was chosen from among four semifinalists. He will become president effective July 1, succeeding Glenn Mroz, who announced his retirement last year.

Koubek had also worked at Pennsylvania State, where he headed the industrial and manufacturing engineering department; associate dean for research and graduate studies in Wright State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science; and chair for Wright State’s Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering.

In a statement, state Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, called Koubek an “outstanding candidate.”

“We are proud of Michigan Tech for their continued excellence on solving some of the world’s most complex problems and I’m proud of the work President Mroz has done to advance the university to such prominence over his tenure,” he said. “I have confidence that Dr. Koubek’s leadership will fulfill the university’s mission to create the future and continue to bring great pride to the Copper Country and abroad.”