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Charles Thorpe next Clarkson senior VP


POTSDAM — Clarkson University has found its next senior vice president.

Charles E. Thorpe’s hiring was announced to students, trustees and members of the CU community via email Monday afternoon after he accepted the position. His status as senior vice president and provost is effective July 10.

“Dr. Thorpe is a gifted and energetic leader who brings to Clarkson incredible experience across the entire spectrum of university life,” said University President Tony Collins in an email. “With a passion for teaching, a distinguished record of groundbreaking research in robotics and personal experience opening a campus abroad, he is the ideal leader and partner to join and inspire the University community as we continue to advance the ambitious goals in our strategic plan.”

He will be formally introduced to the Board of Trustees during the annual Summer Board Retreat.

Mr. Thorpe is a White House Fellow and assistant director for advanced manufacturing and robotics in the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President.

He is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the former head of its Robotics Institute. He was also the founding dean and chief executive officer of the university’s Doha, Qatar, branch campus.

“Dr. Thorpe’s global experiences are impressive and align to our objectives to place more students in study abroad and international programs. He has built his career at an institution that also is known for its rigorous education and residential life. He is in a position to influence higher education, as well as Clarkson in new and positive ways,” said Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs Kathryn B. Johnson.

Mr. Thorpe feels the effort to expand globally is mutual.

“Clarkson reaches the world through the remarkable quality of its faculty, staff, students and alumni as evidenced in the number of prestigious awards earned every year and their contributions to society,” he said in a prepared statement.

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