June 1, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has named Randolph Bias as interim dean of the School of Information. His appointment begins Sept. 1, 2017.
Bias will succeed Andrew Dillon, who has served as dean since 2003, and who shepherded the transition from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science to the School of Information. Dillon will conclude his tenure as dean on Aug. 31.
After two decades in private industry, Bias joined the UT Austin faculty in 2003 where he has been heavily invested in research and teaching with a focus on the interactions between humans and technology. In addition to his role in the School of Information, Bias is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies in the College of Fine Arts, as well as an affiliate faculty member of the UT Austin robotics program.
“Randolph is uniquely qualified to lead the School of Information. He brings a wealth of relevant industry experience, and intimately understands the teaching and research mission and the needs of the faculty and students. I would like to thank Dean Dillon for his considerable accomplishments, including leading the successful transition of the school from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. It ranks consistently as one of the top programs in the country thanks to his vision and leadership,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost at UT Austin. “The university owes him a debt of thanks.”
Bias recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the User Experience Professionals Association. At UT Austin, he has made significant efforts to bridge the gap between academia and industry practice, ensuring that students are equipped with relevant experience to prepare them for careers after graduation. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida State University, and his doctoral degree in human experimental psychology from UT Austin.
“I am humbled and excited to be given this opportunity to contribute in such a meaningful way to this school and community. With the help of every member of the iSchool staff and faculty, I hope to sustain the momentum that Dean Dillon has built. Andrew is a visionary and talented leader, and his style and passion for the iSchool will explicitly guide me in this role,” said Bias.
The search for the next permanent dean of the School of Information is currently underway.