John Gilligan steps down as executive associate dean

John Gilligan stepped down from his role as executive associate dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University on Sept. 1, 2023, and returned to the nuclear engineering faculty.

Gilligan, who has held the role for 12 years, continues in his joint appointment as the director of the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) Integration Office for the United States Department of Energy.

Gilligan, who is also a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE), has served the department, the College of Engineering (COE) and NC State in many critical academic and leadership roles since he arrived at the University in 1983. This includes serving as the University’s vice chancellor for research and graduate programs for six years from 2002-2008, as well as service on different occasions as interim university vice chancellor for extension and engagement, as associate dean and interim dean of engineering, and various other important administrative service roles. He was also the first and continues to be the only director of the NEUP Integration Office, a joint appointment he has held with the U.S. Department of Energy since 2008. Gilligan’s career also includes many significant scholarly and research accomplishments including recognition as an American Nuclear Society Fellow.

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