A message from Judy Nitsch, Chair, Presidential Search Committee, and Vice Chair, BAC Board of Trustees:
Dear BAC Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Administration, Trustees, and Overseers:
I am pleased to announce that Mahesh Daas, M. Arch, Ed.D., will be joining our BAC community as the College's eighth president on July 12, 2019.
Mahesh is a designer, a technologist with expertise in robotics, and an experienced academic leader with a career spanning 23 years at four universities including 14 years in higher education leadership roles. Most recently, he served as dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
In 2011, Mahesh was elevated as an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor, the highest national recognition for an architectural educator. He has received recognition for contributions to design computing with the 2013 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Society Award of Excellence. ACADIA elected him twice as its president and he served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing and currently serves on the editorial board of Construction Robotics Journal.
As an admired teacher, speaker, and author, Mahesh brings highly collaborative and inclusive leadership skills to the BAC community. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India; a master’s degree in urban design from Kansas State University; and an executive doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Mahesh is also the author of Leading with Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of President Charles M. Vest at M.I.T. (Lexington Books, 2015 & 2019) and Towards a Robotic Architecture (Oro Editions 2018).
From the very beginning of this search, a crucial component has been engaging with the BAC community to hear what you wanted and needed in a leader. As a result, we were able to attract a deep, diverse, and talented pool of candidates. You were a vital component to this process in helping to shape the future of the BAC.
Along with Mahesh’s vision of building upon the strengths of the BAC, his life and educational experiences as a first-generation student and immigrant resonate with many of our BAC students. We are thrilled to be able to share this short video introduction with you!
As he prepares to assume his new role, you can look forward to many opportunities to engage and welcome Mahesh to our BAC community.
Thank you for your support in this process – especially to the Search Committee for their efforts – and I look forward to an exciting future.
Judy Nitsch, PE, Hon. BSA