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Penn State’s IST dean returning to faculty ranks

The dean of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology will step down at the end of the academic year, the university announced.

David Hall will return to the faculty ranks as a professor at the end of May 2014 and take a sabbatical in the fall semester of 2014.

Hall served in an interim capacity starting in November 2009 to September 2010, when he was appointed the dean. He joined the faculty at IST in 2001 from Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory.

Penn State will conduct a national search for Hall’s successor.

Hall started Penn State’s Center of Network-Centric Cognition and Information Fusion, which focuses on the gap between the collection data in computer systems and the knowledge and decisions of computer users. He was was able to secure funding from the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and other sources.