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Kraig Sheetz Named as Dean of School of Natural Science and Mathematics

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Following a national search, Mount St. Mary’s University has named Col. Kraig Sheetz, Ph.D., as dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, effective in the summer of 2018. During his 28-year career, Sheetz has taught physics as well as held leadership positions at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Sheetz, who currently is vice dean of operations at West Point, has research interests in ultra-short pulse laser design and development of femtosecond laser-based nonlinear microscopy systems. He is a coauthor of "A Pragmatic Guide to Multiphoton Microscope Design" and has been published in the Journal of Applied Physics.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kraig to our Mount community,” said President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “His academic and managerial experiences will be invaluable in helping our students succeed and in leading the School of Natural Science and Mathematics into the future.”

"I am inspired by the university leadership's strategic vision and the energy of the faculty and staff within the School of Natural Science and Mathematics,” Sheetz said. “The focus on student success through innovative pedagogies and cutting-edge academic programs—all rooted in the Mount's timeless virtues—establishes an environment of relentless optimism that I am very excited to join."

Sheetz comes to the Mount at an important time as momentum builds from a series of leadership and academic successes, including a 24 percent increase in freshman enrollment; approval of a five-year strategic plan; the introduction of four academic programs (cybersecurity, politics/philosophy/economics, entrepreneurship, and forensic accounting); articulation agreements in cybersecurity, biology and seven liberal arts majors with Frederick Community College; and the awarding of Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants to three recent graduates. He will serve as part of a team of top academic leaders. 

Sheetz’s wide variety of experiences has included academy professor in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at West Point, senior advisor to the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, and tactical intelligence officer. He serves on multiple academy governance committees and is an officer representative for the Army volleyball team.

Sheetz holds a Bachelor of Science in geophysics from Millersville University, a Master of Science in geophysics from New Mexico Tech, a Master of Science in applied physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and a doctorate in applied physics from the Colorado School of Mines.