About Dr. Vargas
Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto has been named acting president of Kutztown University by the institution's Council of Trustees, effective July 1, 2014.
Vargas previously served as KU's provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, and has been the school's chief academic officer since 2006.
Vargas came to Kutztown from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs since November 2003. Prior to that, he served in several roles at Kent State University (Ohio) for a total of 18 years. From 2000 until 2003, he was the director of the program on electron beam technology. He was also Kent's associate dean for research from 2001 until 2002. He served as interim assistant dean for research from 1998 until 2000. From 1996 until 1998, he was appointed interim assistant dean for the School of Technology. He started his tenure at Kent State in 1985 as a professor, and continued to teach until his departure from the university.
"I am honored to be asked to serve as Kutztown University's acting president," Vargas said. "I look forward to continue working with our talented faculty and staff in maintaining excellent service to our students and the community."
Vargas began his career in higher-education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), from which he received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1971. He was the university's senior associate researcher for the Institute of Geophysics from 1978 until 1980, and held the same role for UNAM's Institute of Physics from 1980 until 1984.
Vargas earned his Ph.D. in physics and aerospace science from the University of Michigan in 1978. He has Master of Science degrees from Michigan in physics (1975) and aerospace science (1974).