Former UTPB President Passes Away 10/19/13
CBS 7 News
October 19, 2013
Odessa - Dr. Charles A. Sorber, former president of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013 following a brief illness.
Sorber served as the fourth president of UT Permian Basin from 1992-2001. He was a professor emeritus in the department of civil, architectural and environment engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Among his previous faculty and administrative posts were dean of the School of Engineering at The University of Pittsburgh; associate dean of UT Austin's College of Engineering and; vice chancellor for special engineering programs in the UT System. He earned a B.S. and M.S. degree in Sanitary Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University held a Ph.D. in engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Sorber began his professional career with the U.S. Army, serving in a number of positions in Europe with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. His service earned him the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters as well as other honors. He returned to The University of Texas at Austin in 2001 where he held a number of positions including interim president of The University of Texas at Arlington from 2003 to 2004. In 2009 he was asked to come out of retirement to serve as interim president of The University of Texas-Pan American.
Dr. Sorber was active in a wide range of professional activities. He served as chair or member of a number of engineering committees including the National Research Council, the Stockholm Water Symposium, and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He was named a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1991. During l992-93, Dr. Sorber served as president of the Water Environment Federation.
He was a member of several honorary societies and received a number of awards for his teaching and professional service, including the Gordon Maskew Fair Award of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and the Orchard Medal of the Water Environment Federation. In addition, he was named Outstanding Engineering Alumnus of The Pennsylvania State University and Distinguished Graduage of the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Sorber authored or co-authored more than l30 papers and reports in the areas of land application of wastewater and sludge, water and wastewater reuse, water and wastewater disinfection and higher education.
Memorial arrangements are pending. Donations in honor of Dr. Charles Sorber may be sent to the Charles and Linda Sorber Endowed Scholarship c/o The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Office of Development, 4901 E. University, Odessa, Texas 79762 or www.utpb.edu