Florida Tech Appoints Provost
– Florida Tech President Anthony James Catanese has selected Dr. T. Dwayne McCay as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. The post is second-in-command and
has responsibility for all academic, research and student matters. He will assume this newly created position on July 1, 2003.
McCay is currently vice president for research and information technology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he has served as chief
information officer and chief research officer for three-and-a-half years. In that post his direct annual budget authority was approximately $40 million,
with oversight responsibility for an additional $60 million.
“Dr. McCay has experience in most key roles at a major university and is committed to technical education and university growth,” said Pres. Catanese. “I
believe he has the energy, enthusiasm and high principles to lead Florida Tech to greatness in the 21st century.”
At the University of Tennessee since 1986, McCay, as a vice president, served as the chief executive officer of the University of Tennessee Space
Institute. In 1991 he was named a University of Tennessee Alumni Distinguished Service Professor as a faculty member teaching engineering science, which he
continues today. From 1991 to 1993, he served as program chairman of Engineering Science and Mechanics.
At NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Center in Alabama, from 1981-1986, McCay rose through the ranks to become chief of the Propulsion Division, Structures
and Propulsion Laboratory. Here he was responsible for the management, direction and technical quality of engineering for the center’s propulsion programs.
He has also served as a senior research physical scientist at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and has held
research engineer positions in industry.
“My theory on leadership is rather simple,” said McCay. “I believe in leading by example; to ask nothing of others that you are not willing to do yourself;
and to participate in shared governance with the absolute requirement that shared authority cannot be given without shared responsibility to accompany it.”
McCay holds numerous engineering patents and has published over 100 articles on aerospace topics. He has earned several honors, including an award from the
University of Tennessee Space Institute for his work, with his wife Dr. Mary Helen McCay, on laser-induced surface improvement. Mary Helen, a metallurgist,
is a former payload specialist astronaut.
In 1974, McCay earned a doctoral degree in engineering and mathematics from Auburn University, where he was a NASA Fellow and a member of Phi Kappa Phi,
the national honor society. He also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University.
McCay was chosen after an exhaustive search process, which began with more than 120 applicants for the position. As the search unfolded, the top four
candidates came to campus for sessions with faculty, staff, students and alumni.