President Katsouleas' Biography
Thomas C. Katsouleas was appointed as the 16th President of the University of Connecticut by its Board of Trustees in February of 2019, and arrived on campus in August of 2019.
Prior to arriving at UConn, Katsouleas was the executive vice president and provost at Virginia since 2015, having been appointed to the position after serving for seven years at Duke University as the dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering. As the top academic officer at University of Virginia, Katsouleas led six undergraduate and six professional schools with enrollments of more than 16,000 undergraduates and more than 6,700 graduate students.
Katsouleas earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in 1979 from UCLA, after transferring there from Santa Monica Community College, and stayed at UCLA to pursue and receive his Ph.D. in physics in 1984.
He was a researcher and faculty member at UCLA for seven years after receiving his Ph.D., before joining the University of Southern California faculty as an associate professor of electrical engineering in 1991, becoming full professor in 1997. He also was an associate dean of USC’s engineering school and vice provost of information technology services.
Katsouleas is a leading scholar in the field of plasma science and has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications. He has deep roots in academe, having served a term as president of the Faculty and Academic Senate at USC during his time in its engineering school.
He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). While at Duke, he also created the Grand Challenge Scholars Program of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a program now emulated at more than 120 universities across the U.S. and in several countries around the world.
In addition to focusing on the research and academic enterprises, he has a special interest in ensuring the quality of the student experience through ensuring diversity, shared values of respect and responsibility, and recruiting highly talented faculty whose backgrounds reflect those of the students they teach.