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Dean Beate Schmittmann’s Retirement Celebration


Tuesday, April 30 2024 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Memorial Union, Sun Room

Join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in the Memorial Union Sun Room to celebrate the amazing career of Dean Beate Schmittmann. Celebrate her retirement with speeches by President Wintersteen, Provost Wickert, alumni and Dean Schmittmann, herself.

Remarks will begin at 4:15 p.m. A reception with refreshments will follow the speeches.

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Beate Schmittmann began her service as the university’s 10th LAS dean in 2012 after serving as professor and chair of physics at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg. She was reappointed as dean in 2017 and 2022.

“Beate’s strong leadership has guided the college through myriad changes over the last decade, and her efforts have laid a solid foundation for the college’s future,” said senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert. “She also is a great colleague and a champion for students, faculty and staff across the college’s many programs.”

Schmittmann’s achievements as dean include the development of innovative new academic programs, enhancing student success in gateway courses, strengthening research funding and unprecedented success in fundraising, including a $159 million gift from Curriculum Associates in 2017 to establish the Transforming LAS Endowment.

Dean Schmittmann retirement celebration