Associate dean of liberal arts climbs the ladder

May 9, 2013


Staff Reporter


As spring changes into summer and the school year comes to a close, it marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another for Bill Willoughby.


After 15 years at Tech and eight as the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts he is leaving to take a position at his alma mater, Kent State University.


Willoughby said he is sad to be leaving Tech but excited to be starting a new journey.


“I am sad to be leaving, but I figured I have a good 20 years left to make a difference,” said Willoughby, a professor of architecture. “I could continue to make that difference here, but I think this is a great opportunity to give back to my alma mater.”



Willoughby will become associate dean for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State.


He said the decision was a hard one, but considering the facts it was the best for him.


“It is a bittersweet decision that hinged a whole lot on the fact that my elderly parents will be only a little more than two hours away by car,” Willoughby said “Also my wife is originally from northeast Ohio.”


Willoughby said he will miss the good and dedicated people in Ruston and Louisiana Tech University.


“I have had a good time here, and I will miss my colleagues, the students and community,” he said. “I will still cheer along the future successes of the university even though I’m moving away.”


Like Willoughby, several of his colleagues said his departure is bittersweet.


School of Architecture Director Karl Puljak said Willoughby’s departure will be a big loss for the college.


“He has devoted a big part of his professional life here at Louisiana Tech,” Puljak said. “In addition to helping to lead the College of Liberal Arts, he was a very valuable faculty member in the School of Architecture.”


As an instructor before becoming the associate dean, Willoughby started the Community Design Activism Center within the School of Architecture 13 years ago.


The CDAC is a unit within the school where students use their time and talent to help people with architectural problems in the surrounding communities.


Puljak said he will miss Willoughby personally.


“He’s a very good friend of mine,” Puljak said. “I have known him since we were both undergraduate architecture students in a summer program in Boston.”


Like Puljak, Willoughby’s administrative coordinator Alisha Ashworth said she is she is sad to see Willoughby go also.


Although Ashworth has only been a part of Willoughby’s staff for eight months, she said he is a great boss that she will miss dearly.,


“He is a really good boss,” said Ashworth. “I don’t want to see him go, but I know he wouldn’t have made the choice if it wasn’t the best thing for him.”


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