February 25, 2019
Saginaw Valley State University has hired Andrew Chubb to serve as dean of the College of Science, Engineering & Technology.
Chubb, who joined SVSU’s faculty in 2002 and twice served as interim dean of the academic college, will help lead the university’s efforts to advance STEM studies on campus as well as in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
“I am honored to serve the College of Science, Engineering & Technology as its dean,” he said. “We have top-notch faculty and staff, outstanding programs, and excellent students who are the STEM workforce of the future. I look forward to building upon this foundation as the College of Science, Engineering & Technology continues to establish its role as a leader for STEM education in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.”
Chubb served as a faculty member with SVSU’s Department of Chemistry from 2002-12. Along with his classroom duties, he designed and implemented a new organic chemistry lab curriculum, managed an undergraduate research laboratory, and served as the university’s Pre-Health Professions adviser. He was the 2011 recipient of the Franc A. Landee Award for Teaching Excellence, the most prestigious honor given to members of SVSU’s faculty.
He first served as interim dean in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology from 2014-15 and then again beginning in 2018 until the interim status was removed with his current hiring. He fills the role occupied by Frank Hall before his retirement last year. Chubb served as associate dean during Hall’s time with the university.
While serving in the dean’s office since 2012, Chubb's responsibilities have included managing expanding resources dedicated to STEM education. With a growing market for STEM industry jobs in the region, SVSU in recent years has received major gifts from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, and the Dow Corning Foundation — among other organizations — to improve students’ performance in STEM disciplines at the middle school, high school and university levels.
Deborah Huntley, SVSU’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Chubb’s success in his many roles at the institution demonstrated his “outstanding commitment to the mission and vision of our university.”
“His focus on students and their success has been apparent from the start, as evidenced in his outstanding teaching, advising and administrative work,” Huntley said. “He is actively engaged with external constituencies including our industry partners, community organizations and STEM educators. I believe that, under his leadership, our STEM programs will flourish and expand their impact on the Great Lakes Bay Region and the state of Michigan.”
In addition to his work at SVSU, Chubb is an active member of the Great Lakes Bay Region community. He was selected as a member of the 2011 class of RUBY Award recipients, an honor given annually to top professionals in the Great Lakes Bay Region under the age of 40. That same year, Chubb became a graduate of Leadership Midland, a community leadership development initiative. He remains active with the program today.
Chubb was born in Great Falls, Montana. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University in 2003 after earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Washington University in 1995. Before joining SVSU, he served as a chemistry instructor at Iowa State University beginning in 1998.
He is married to Jennifer Chubb, a math lecturer at SVSU. They live in Midland with their children, Ajay, 7; and Alison, 3.