Starkville, Mississippi Lori Mann Bruce has been named dean of the Graduate School at Mississippi State University.
She also will serve as associate vice president for academic affairs.
Bruce, associate dean of the university's Bagley College of Engineering since 2008, succeeds the retiring Louis D'Abramo. Like D'Abramo, she is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, MSU's highest faculty rank.
She will be the first woman to lead MSU's Graduate School.
Bruce is a University of Alabama in Huntsville doctoral graduate in electrical and computer engineering. She also holds a UAH bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master's in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Before coming to MSU, she was an assistant professor at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.