Teik Lim will take over as the ninth president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology on July 1, succeeding Joel Bloom. Lim currently serves as interim president of the University of Texas at Arlington and is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Previously, Lim was the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2017 to 2020.
For this edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with Lim about his priorities, the challenges he sees ahead, and what attracted him to the Newark school. “I’ve done research my entire professional career and so NJIT being a top research institution is great,” he said. “It’s an urban setting — I love urban institutions.”
But NJIT boasts one characteristic that Lim values above all others. “The most attractive feature is the diversity of the campus,” he explained. “I think we can make full use of the diversity here to really strengthen NJIT’s academics and research, and then use that to make NJIT a supercharged engine of social mobility.”