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University of Missouri

College Hires First Female Dean

Elizabeth G. Loboa begins work as the College of Engineering’s first female dean.

Loboa portrait

Elizabeth G. Loboa became the first female dean of the University of Missouri College of Engineering Oct. 15, 2015.

Elizabeth G. Loboa is ushering in a new era at the MU College of Engineering. As the college’s 11th full-time dean and first female dean, Loboa, who started Oct. 15, is a pioneer. In recent years, the college has experienced rapid enrollment growth — with more than 100 faculty members; 3,500 undergraduate students; and 500 graduate students in nine disciplines — and is now renovating and reconstructing its main building, Lafferre Hall. Loboa, a renowned materials-science engineer and experienced researcher, educator and administrator, is excited to be at the helm. “The multidisciplinary environment at Mizzou is truly astounding and provides opportunities for creation and translation of cross-cutting technologies at an unprecedented level,” she says.