Prabhudev Konana currently serves as a dean for the University of Texas at Austin's business school.
The current dean, Darryll Pines, is set to take over as university president.
Many said the engineering dean was a mentor to minority students interested in engineering.
Pines is set to take over as president in July.
Part 1 of a two-part look into this complex and often fraught relationship.
An investigation into the Smith School Foundation is ongoing.
He's been dean for six years.
It’s now up to the provost to move the proposal forward.