Keith Molenaar, interim engineering dean at University of Colorado Boulder. (Courtesy of University of Colorado)

A current University of Colorado Boulder administrator will be interim dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences starting in January.

Keith Molenaar, associate dean for research in the college, will take over as interim dean when outgoing Dean Bobby Braun leaves in January, according to a statement from the university.

Braun is leaving to take a position at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In a statement, Provost Russell Moore said Molenaar will continue a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas of the college.

“Keith’s leadership of (the college’s) research mission, his excellence as a scholar and teacher and his long association with the college — going back to his undergraduate days at CU Boulder — ensure the continued course of distinction that Bobby Braun has set for the college,” Moore said.

Molenaar is also a professor of construction engineering and management and holds degrees in civil and architectural engineering.

“I believe that the college is extraordinary because our community provides a unique environment for learning,” Molenaar said in a statement. “As interim dean, I will listen to the aspirations and concerns of our faculty, staff and students and support them in achieving their goals, while continuing to build on the vision Bobby established.”

Graduate School Dean Scott Adler is heading up a national search for Braun’s permanent replacement, Moore said. Those interested in being on the search committee can volunteer or submit a recommendation by emailing

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