Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh Named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Norwich University

Bjong Wolf Yeigh, Ph.D. has been named Norwich University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the faculty, beginning July 1, 2006. He comes to Norwich from Saint Louis University where he is a tenured faculty member and most recently the engineering dean. Yeigh will be a tenured professor in a joint appointment with the Mechanical Engineering Department at the David Crawford School of Engineering and in the Division of Business.

"We are very pleased that a scholar of Dr. Yeigh's caliber has accepted this position with the Norwich University administration," said Norwich President Richard Schneider. "His insights and expertise will make a significant contribution to our academic community."

As the chief academic officer at Norwich, Yeigh will be responsible for providing leadership to all academic and academic support programs. He brings a unique combination of interdisciplinary experience from engineering, public policy, management, and liberal arts. Prior to leading the engineering and technology college at Saint Louis University, Yeigh held the post of assistant provost for science and technology at Yale University, where he managed and oversaw academic facilities, research, budget and faculty programs in the natural and social sciences.

“I am truly inspired by the direction Norwich has taken to advance the goals of academic excellence and an outstanding learning environment for all students in its NU2019 plan,” said Yeigh. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and the entire Norwich community to advance these bold objectives. ‘I will try.’”

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Yeigh served as a tactical intelligence officer for Fighter Squadron Seventy-Four (VF-74) aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60) in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While on active duty, Yeigh completed the following: Strike Lead Attack Training Syllabus (SLATS), Navy Fighter Weapons School, Navy Electronic Officer Course, and Navy and Marine Corp Intelligence Training.

Yeigh earned his A.B. in engineering science from Dartmouth College in 1986, M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1987, graduate certificate in science and technology policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University in 1995. Yeigh’s expertise is in modeling and simulations research, and he teaches in engineering mechanics and in management. He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and serves on several national boards for engineering and education. Yeigh hails from Arlington, Virginia. His wife, Sandra DeVries Yeigh, is an industrial engineer and a high school math teacher.

Norwich President, Richard Schneider, Ph.D., has served as interim provost when Hubert Maultsby, Ph.D., vacated the post in July, 2005 to join a team of scholars to create a Global Center for Human Dignity in Birmingham, Alabama.