Fred L. Cook, chairman of Georgia Tech's School of Textile and Fibre Engineering, is to step down from the post that he has held for 14 years.

"Fourteen years is a long time to hold a single administrative job in academia," he said. "With the school currently undergoing a long-range planning process to re-engineer the unit, the timing is right to bring new leadership and energies to the task."

"Under Fred's leadership, the School of Textile and Fibre Engineering has emerged as the US's leading institution in educating first-class engineers for the textile industrial complex," Chameau said. "Fred's ability to recruit strong faculty members played a major role in this success."

Cook, whose research interests lie in the fields of textile and polymer chemistry, has been associated with Georgia Tech for more than 30 years.