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Hanley Leaves Legacy of Progress

Speed School was a much smaller place when Thomas Hanley assumed his post as dean in 1991.

During Hanley's dozen years at Speed, the school's endowment grew tenfold—from less than $5 million to $50 million. Graduate student enrollment and the number of doctoral degrees awarded increased. Major new scholarships and fellowships were added. Grants and contracts in force grew from less than $2 million to more than $20 million. Three Ph.D. programs and high-tech labs and facilities were added. Speed expanded to two major new research buildings and will expand to another by 2005.

"We've laid a strong foundation," Hanley said recently. "Now it's time for Speed School to solidify our gains over the past 12 years and prepare to move to a higher level of performance and recognition."

That task will fall to a new dean, as Hanley left Speed in October to become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Auburn University in Alabama.

"I enjoyed every minute as dean of Speed School, but I wanted to move to a job with more responsibility," he added. The position at Auburn offers me that opportunity at a respected university."

As provost, Hanley is Auburn 's chief academic officer, overseeing 12 schools and colleges, information technology, the library, the graduate school and more.

Hanley's predecessor will step into a prime role, thanks to the dean's efforts during his U of L tenure. Some of his accomplishments include:

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