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Engineering executive named Rose-Hulman leader

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An engineering executive with experience in the classroom has been named president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The school's Board of Trustees appointed James C. Conwell its 15th president Monday. Conwell will begin work May 1 and will succeed Matt Branam, who died in April.

Conwell most recently served as vice president of Jacobs Engineering Group in Southfield, Mich. He also has worked as a senior engineer for Procter & Gamble manufacturing.

He has taught undergraduate engineering at Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University and Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Conwell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University.

Rose-Hulman's campus in Terre Haute is home to about 2,000 students majoring in engineering, science or mathematics.

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