Thomas Sudkamp, Wright State University’s vice president for curriculum and instruction, has been appointed provost effective August 17, 2015. The appointment as provost marks the continuation of an exemplary 33-year career at Wright State for Sudkamp, who served as a faculty member and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, three terms as president of the university faculty, associate provost for undergraduate studies, and interim provost.
Sudkamp said his primary goal as provost is increased student success. “At Wright State, we provide an excellent and affordable education in a welcoming environment,” Sudkamp said. “My priority as provost will be working with faculty and staff to enhance the quality of our academic programs and the success of our students.” As vice president for curriculum and instruction, Sudkamp has chaired the Campus Completion Committee which developed the university’s plan for improving student retention and progression to attaining their degrees.
Sudkamp received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s in computer science from Wright State.
Sudkamp worked in industrial research and came to Dayton for a research and development position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He began teaching computer science at Wright State in 1982. Sudkamp has published over 80 articles on mathematical logic, artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science and approximate reasoning. He authored the book “Languages and Machines: An Introduction to the Theory of Computer Science,” was co-author of “Similarity and Compatibility in Fuzzy Set Theory” and co-editor of books on approximate reasoning and data mining. He has also served on the board of directors and was elected to the presidency of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society, the largest professional society devoted to reasoning with approximate and incomplete data. He has also served as vice president of the International Fuzzy Systems Association and as associate or area editor on seven scholarly journals. In 2007 he was named as Wright State University’s Fredrick White Professor of Distinguished Service.