NCSU names new College of Design dean

N.C. State University announced Friday that it has chosen a new dean for its College of Design.

Mark Hoversten, now dean of the College of Art and Architecture at the University of Idaho, will start his new job in Raleigh on July 1.

Hoversten replaces Marvin J. Malecha, who retired from NCSU at the end of last semester after 21 years as dean. Malecha became president and chief academic officer at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, Calif, on Jan. 1.

Hoversten is a landscape architect who has served as a dean and professor at the University of Idaho since 2007. He was previously a professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and worked in the private sector for a variety of landscape architecture and architecture firms.

“My vision for success at the College of Design includes building upon the already strong academic programs that foster student success and contribute to a resilient and enlightened world,” Hoversten said in a statement released by NCSU. “I look forward to bringing a student-focused approach to leadership, and to developing interdisciplinary initiatives that engage students in real-world experiences.”

NCSU’s College of Design opened in 1948 and offers degrees in architecture, art and design, graphic design, industrial design and landscape architecture, as well as a Ph.D. in design. It has more than 800 students.