Leadership

Mohammad Dehghani
Mohammad Dehghani

Chancellor

Dr. Mohammad Dehghani became chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology on Aug. 1, 2019. A mechanical engineer, Dehghani is a nationally prominent research and academic leader.

Dehghani joined S&T from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he served as vice provost for research, innovation and entrepreneurship since 2013. Before joining Stevens, he was a professor of mechanical engineering and founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Systems Institute. Through that institute, he established collaborative research and application programs with many organizations.

Dehghani previously led the New Technologies Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – a $1.8 billion, 7,000-employee multidisciplinary applied science and engineering national security laboratory.

Dehghani holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University, where he earned his master of science and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He also completed a postdoctoral National Science Foundation internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mehrzad Boroujerdi
Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Vice Provost and Dean for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education

Dr. Boroujerdi became dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education on July 1, 2022. He joined S&T from Virginia Tech University, where he served as director of the School of Public and International Affairs. An expert in comparative politics, Middle East regional politics and Iranian history, he holds a Ph.D. in international relations from The American University, a master’s degree in political science from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University.

David Borrok
David Borrok

Interim Vice Provost and Dean for the College of Engineering and Computing

Dr. Borrok became interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computing on Aug. 1, 2022, after serving as associate dean for research in the college. He joined Missouri S&T in 2017 as chair of the department of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering after serving as director of the school of geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering and geological sciences from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in economic geology from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from Missouri S&T.

Andrew Careaga
Andrew Careaga

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Andrew Careaga joined Missouri S&T in 1991 as a staff writer, later serving as manager of public relations and director of communications. As chief marketing and communications officer, he leads a team responsible for developing and managing Missouri S&T’s brand identity, strategic communications, web and digital initiatives, social media, visual identity and media relations, and engagement and outreach. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, he worked in the newspaper and non-profit sectors before joining Missouri S&T. He served as a trustee for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where he was involved in other regional and national leadership positions.

Dr. Kamal Khayat, interim vice chancellor for research and innovation
Dr. Kamal Khayat

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Dr. Khayat joined Missouri S&T as the Jones Professor in 2011. He also serves as director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies and was previously director of the Center for Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation and Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety, U.S. Department of Transportation-funded University Transportation Centers. Before joining Missouri S&T, he was director of the Center for Excellence on Concrete Infrastructure Engineering and head of the Integrated Research Laboratory on Materials Valorization and Innovative and Durable Structures at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master of engineering degree in construction engineering and management, and a master of science degree in structural engineering.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray

Acting Vice Provost and Dean for the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development

Dr. Murray became acting vice provost and dean of the Kummer College on July 1, 2022. A member of the S&T faculty since 1994, she served as interim chair, then chair, of psychological science from 2015 until her appointment as acting dean. She also served on the faculty of the department of engineering management and systems engineering. An expert on human factors and risk management, she holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and master’s and bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington and Texas A&M, respectively.

Alysha ONeil
Alysha M. O'Neil

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations

Alysha M. O'Neil became vice chancellor for finance and operations at Missouri University of Science and Technology on July 1, 2021.

O’Neil served as director of project implementation and engagement in MU’s Division of Finance since July 2019. In that position, she led various campuswide initiatives that required close collaboration with numerous leaders, as well as in-depth understanding of university operations. She managed over $86 million in COVID relief funds, increased transparency and accountability for academic units through her work on a committee focused on administrative costs, and aligned investment opportunities with the university’s strategic plan.

O’Neil also served as chief business officer for MU’s Division of Student Affairs since 2010. Among other duties, she oversaw a budget of $150 million that financed campus dining services, student unions, residential life, the student recreation center, student health and well-being, fraternity and sorority life, and university stores on four campuses.

O’Neil also served as assistant director of the MU budget office, a senior accountant in accounting services, a teaching assistant in the College of Business’ School of Accountancy and an auditor at Deloitte. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from the Trulaske College of Business at MU and an MBA from the university’s Gordon E. Crosby Jr. MBA program.

Colin Potts
Dr. Colin Potts

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Colin Potts joined Missouri S&T June 1, 2021, as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs following a nearly 30-year career at Georgia Institute of Technology. A native of London, Potts holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Sheffield University. Following his Ph.D., he worked as a software engineer and ergonomics consultant before joining Imperial College London’s department of computing. Later, he moved to the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. in Austin, Texas, then joined Georgia Tech in 1992. His research over the past 25 years has spanned the fields of requirements engineering, software design methods, human-computer interaction and information privacy.

Dr. Nicole Arleane Roberson
Dr. Nicole Arleane Roberson

Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Roberson became vice chancellor of diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer on Nov. 21, 2022. She joined S&T from the Texas A&M University System, where she served as director of equal opportunity and diversity. Roberson has also worked at the federal level at the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. She holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University, an MBA in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management, and master’s degrees in human resources management and project management, both from the Keller Graduate School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic management from the University of North Texas.

Stephen Roberts
Stephen Roberts

Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Operating Officer of the Kummer Institute

Appointed in June 2021 as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief operating officer of the Kummer Institute, Dr. Roberts joined Missouri S&T in 2014 as the founding dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business. He served as interim provost from July 2019 through May 2021, Roberts previously served as professor and chair of biology at Central Michigan University. As an evolutionary scientist focused on the integrative biology of insects, he specializes in the study of honeybees and solitary bee species. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from Arizona State University and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Illinois State University.

Debra Robinson
Debra A.G. Robinson

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Vice Chancellor Robinson joined Missouri S&T in 1980 as a counseling psychologist. She oversees athletics and recreation; career opportunities and employer relations; community standards and conduct; counseling, disability support and student wellness; leadership and cultural programs; Leach Theatre; residential life; student health services; student life; and the testing center. Robinson has been assistant director and associate director of the Counseling Center, director of the Center for Personal and Professional Development, and associate vice chancellor for student and international affairs. She was named vice chancellor for student affairs in January 2003. Robinson served on the board of directors for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and as co-chair of the Council for Student Affairs, one of 10 operational councils APLU. Robinson has also served as president of the Society of Consulting Psychology, Division 13 of the American Psychological Association. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in education and counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tory Verkamp
Tory Verkamp

Interim Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Verkamp joined Missouri S&T in 2014 as a senior development officer and was promoted to executive director of development in 2015 and assistant vice chancellor of University Advancement in 2017. Before joining the university, she served as manager of development at Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation in Indianapolis. Verkamp earned a bachelor of journalism degree and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a certified fundraising executive.