Bruce Childers, who has been interim dean of the School of Computing and Information since 2020, has been chosen as permanent dean after a nationwide search.
Childers stepped in after Paul Cohen, founding dean of the School of Computing and Information, decided to resign in July 2020. Childers has also served as the Provost’s Special Assistant for Data Science to explore opportunities and identify goals and actions in the field of data science. to develop data science. He has been with Pitt since 2000.
Prior to these assignments, Childers served as senior associate dean and associate dean for strategic initiatives at SCI. He was also department chair for information culture and data stewardship.
He has received recognition for his administrative and educational leadership, including from the ACC Academic Leaders Network and numerous awards from the Department of Computer Science.
His research work includes the Open Center for Curation of Computer Architecture Modeling, recently funded by the Department of Defense.
Childers has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Virginia and a BS in computer science from the College of William and Mary.
The search committee was led by Steve Wisniewski, Vice Provost for Budget and Analysis. Childers will officially assume the deanship on May 1.