Houston Baptist University to Welcome Respected Engineering and Academic Leader to Help Form School of Engineering

Dr. Robert Sloan, president of Houston Baptist University, and Dr. Cynthia Simpson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Stanley A. Napper, professor of engineering and founding dean of HBU’s proposed School of Engineering.

For the past 33 years, Dr. Napper has been on the faculty of Louisiana Tech University where he received both his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Napper was a professor of Biomedical Engineering, and was appointed vice president for Research and Development after having served nine years as the dean of the College of Engineering and Science. Napper has been active in teaching, research, administration, student organizations, and various professional organizations. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Houston Baptist University is taking steps to begin a School of Engineering. Houston has a significant need for engineers and an extensive market for engineering students. Despite being a city largely based around the oil, gas, and energy industries, only two universities in Houston currently offer engineering degrees. Dr. Napper’s priority for the 2017-2018 academic year will be to develop curriculum and begin the accreditation process in order to add engineering degrees to HBU’s academic offerings.

President Robert B. Sloan said, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Stan Napper join the faculty and leadership of HBU. His expertise as a teacher, researcher, and administrator will serve us well as we anticipate starting a School of Engineering. Dr. Napper is a great fit for the University and brings a wide range of experience and academic interests to us. All of us look forward to working with him.”

Dr. Cynthia Simpson added, “A distinguishing characteristic of HBU is our commitment to being a comprehensive educational institution. With the anticipated opening of our engineering school and the hiring of Dr. Stan Napper as its founding dean, HBU will be further equipped to prepare students for successful careers in the 21st century.”