Mark D. Leising will lead Clemson University's College of Science as its new interim dean.
“Mark is a distinguished scholar and an experienced department head who is respected by his colleagues,” Robert H. Jones, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Clemson, said. “He will bring to the table experience, maturity, and passion for the sciences and the contributions that a new college of science can give to Clemson.”
Leising, the current chair of Clemson's physics and astronomy department, will be instrumental in the development of the newly-formed College of Science, which is part of the college's reorganization plan.
Leising is a graduate of Notre Dame University, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in physics. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate in space physics and astronomy from Rice University.
Leising came to Clemson in 1991, joining the faculty as an assistant professor. He was named interim chair of the physics and astronomy department in 2011 and has been the head of the school's astronomy labs and the Clemson Planetarium since 1994.
Leising's many honors and accolades include induction into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Scientists and Engineers in 2014. He is the author of more than 100 published articles and is an accomplished public speaker in the field of physics.