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College Deans: Stanley A. Napper

1894-1901: Professor Herget
1901-1903: Harry Gwinner
1903-1907: R.W. Selvidge
1907-1910: William B. Hamilton
1910-1918: Frank Bogard
1918-1923: W. L. Mitchell 
1923-1937: Frank Bogard
1937-1938: J. T. Folk
1938-1940: E. C. Barrett
1940-1942: Roy T. Sessums
1942-1945: Harley J. Nethken
1945-1952: Roy T. Sessums
1952-1976: Ben Bogard
1976-1982: Jack Thigpen
1982-1987: C. Ray Wimberly
1987-1988: R. Michael Harnett
1988-1998: Barry Benedict
1998-2004: Leslie K. Guice
2004-2013: Stanley A. Napper

Dr. Stanley A. Napper began his career with Louisiana Tech as a biomedical engineering student, earning his bachelor's degree in 1980 and his doctoral degree in 1985. Dr. Napper joined the College of Engineering and Science as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in 1984 while still a student. In 1988, he was promoted to associate professor and coordinator of instructional programs and, soon after, became chair of the biomedical engineering department.

Dr. Napper became a full professor and academic director of biomedical, industrial, and mechanical engineering in 2001. In 2002, he was appointed executive associate dean of the College of Engineering and Science and became dean of the College in 2004.

During his tenure as dean, Dr. Napper played an active role in establishing and advancing many of the College’s most innovative programs including Cyber Discovery, TechSTEP, and Living with the Lab.  He also led the campaign to construct the new Integrated Engineering and Science Education Building – a three-story facility to be located adjacent to Nethken Hall, that will feature active learning labs, workshops and meeting rooms.  He received the College’s Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, Outstanding Achievement in Advising, and Distinguished Service awards for his efforts.

He also actively supported interdisciplinary research and cross-college collaborations and served as PI or co-PI on several campus-wide grants. 

In addition to his work within the university, Dr. Napper helped bolster Louisiana Tech’s position among business and civic organizations throughout the region and state and was involved in developing several major initiatives with external partners, such as Fenway Group and CenturyLink.

Dr. Napper served the College until 2012, when he was appointed Vice President for Research and Development at Louisiana Tech.