Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto Named 18th President

Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto Named 18th President

Carlos Vargas-AburtoSoutheast Missouri State University Board of Regents announced the appointment of Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, acting president at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, as the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State University. He will assume the presidency on July 1, 2015.

The appointment of Vargas culminates a comprehensive and wide-ranging search process that began following the announcement in September 2014 that President Kenneth W. Dobbins will retire effective June 30, 2015.

“Southeast Missouri State University is an outstanding university with a national reputation, and I am honored to have been selected as its next president,” Vargas says. He adds as he became more familiar with the University, he was impressed with various aspects of Southeast including its core mission, accreditation efforts, online programs and the diversity of its students.

“When I visited the Southeast Missouri State University campus, I was impressed with the institution’s long history of service to the region and its unique strengths,” Vargas says. “I know Southeast is deeply committed to being accessible and affordable, and continuing to offer accredited academic programs where graduates can meet the needs of employers.”

“Having had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Vargas during the search process, and having spoken with him at length about his vision for our university, I have no doubt that he is the right choice to lead Southeast Missouri State University as we begin a new era in our history,” says Jay B. Knudtson, president of the Board of Regents.

Vargas was named acting president of Kutztown University last summer. He served as the provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, and had been the school’s chief academic officer since 2006. Prior to his tenure at Kutztown, Vargas was at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He previously served in several roles at Kent State University (Ohio) for a total of 18 years.

Vargas began his career in higher education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), from which he received his Bachelor of Science in physics. He earned his Ph.D. in physics and aerospace science from the University of Michigan and he has Master of Science degrees from Michigan in physics and in aerospace science.

Hear more from Dr. Vargas at news.semo.edu

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