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Cruse Melvin tapped vice president

Lamar University announced Tuesday that Cruse Melvin has been named to the position of vice president for finance and operations. Melvin assumed this role in an interim capacity in April 2013.

“Dr. Melvin’s outstanding performance in this position and his dedication to Lamar University has led to this permanent appointment,” said LU President Kenneth Evans. “I am pleased he accepted to continue his service to the university in this important role.”

While serving as the interim vice president for finance and operations during the past nine months, Melvin has made a substantial contribution to the university, Evans said. “We look forward to his leadership in guiding LU’s financial and budgeting activities in the future.”

Melvin graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physics in 1964 and 1965 respectively. He then taught at SFA and Nichols State University before completing his Ph.D. in solid-state physics at Tulane University in 1971. He worked at Ford Motor Co. supervising scientific research staff in the areas of electron microscopy, electron microprobe analysis, x-ray analysis and optics for the next six years.

In 1977, Melvin returned to teaching with faculty positions at Delta State University and Louisiana College before joining Lamar University as chair of the physics department in 1986. He began serving as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and assistant to the president in 2009.

He is published in numerous academic journals in the areas of solid-state physics, electron microscopy and physics education and has been honored by numerous national, university and professional organizations for his teaching.