AUSTIN, Texas—Admiral Bobby R. Inman has been named interim dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, effective Jan. 1.
He will assume the position being vacated by Edwin Dorn, who announced his resignation in July after having served as dean since 1997.
Sheldon Ekland-Olson, the university’s executive vice president and provost, convened a search committee to select a permanent replacement for Dorn.
“Professor Bobby Inman is one of our most distinguished faculty members,” Ekland-Olson said. “He brings great energy and vision to the LBJ School. We are delighted he has agreed to serve as interim dean.”
Inman has held the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs since August 2001. An expert on national security and international affairs, he has taught graduate seminars as an adjunct professor at the university since 1987.
Inman’s record of accomplishment includes having been a public servant, entrepreneur, community leader and educator. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the National War College, he spent 31 years in the U.S. Navy and was the first naval intelligence officer to achieve four-star rank. Between 1974 and 1982, he served in tours as director of naval intelligence, vice-director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of Central Intelligence.
After retirement from the U.S. Navy, he was chairman and chief executive officer of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas for four years and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Westmark Systems, Inc., a privately owned electronics industry holding company, for three years. Inman also was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990.
His primary activity since 1990 has been investing in start-up technology companies as chairman and a managing partner of Gefinor Ventures. Inman is a member of the board of directors of Massey Energy Company and several privately held companies. He is a trustee of the American Assembly, the California Institute of Technology and the Center for Naval Analysis. He also is a director of the Public Agenda Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration.