The school's Board of Trustees appointed James C. Conwell its 15th president Monday. Conwell will begin work May 1 and will succeed Matt Branam, who died in April.
Conwell most recently served as vice president of Jacobs Engineering Group in Southfield, Mich. He also has worked as a senior engineer for Procter & Gamble manufacturing.
He has taught undergraduate engineering at Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University and Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
Conwell is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University.
Rose-Hulman's campus in Terre Haute is home to about 2,000 students majoring in engineering, science or mathematics.