Mary L. Good, Dean of EIT College at UALR, to Retire

Mary L. Good, dean of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said Monday that she will retire on June 30, 2011.

Good has been dean since the college's founding in 1999. In statement, UALR said that under her leadership, the college "has developed a national reputation for excellence for assembling a first-class faculty, graduating students prepared to succeed in high-paying engineering and technology jobs, and having a major positive impact on economic development in central Arkansas."

"I have enjoyed the challenges of establishing and growing a college with programs so relevant to the 21st Century economy and helping prepare students for successful, productive lives and careers," Good said in a news release. "The faculty and staff of this college are to be commended for building a college we can all be proud of. And, of course, it's the students who have succeeded in our very rigorous programs who are the ultimate ambassadors for EIT."

Major Arkansas employers, including Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock, Southwest Power Pool, Verizon Wireless, and SAIC have supported the college's programs and students through funding and hiring students for internships and career employment.

"Mary Good came to UALR as a person with national stature in higher education, industry, and government," UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson said. "In 10 years, she took EIT from concept to exceptional reality. With her unmistakable intellectual strength and well-known inability to take no for an answer, this hard-charging Arkansas woman was the ideal choice to serve as founding dean of EIT."

Anderson said said UALR will conduct a national search to find Good's replacement.