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Mark Engelbrecht, College of Design, (515) 294-7427
Susan Carlson, Associate Provost, (515) 294-9556
David Gieseke, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (515) 294-7742
Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- A 22-member committee, headed by Mark Engelbrecht, dean of the College of Design at Iowa State University, has begun the search for ISU's new College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean.

The successful candidate will succeed Peter Rabideau, who in July accepted the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mississippi State University. Michael Whiteford, a faculty member, department chair and administrator at Iowa State since 1972, was named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Sept. 1.

The search committee will begin review of applications in December. Finalist candidates will likely visit campus during spring semester 2004. The new dean is expected to be in place by July 1, 2004.

The committee includes representatives from the college's three divisions, including several distinguished professors and directors, as well as staff and students. The committee membership includes:
  • Hector Avalos, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies and director of U.S. Latino/a Studies
  • Sharon Bird, assistant professor of sociology
  • J. Herman Blake, professor of sociology and director of African American Studies
  • Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center
  • Carolyn Cutrona, professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research
  • Walter Fehr, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, agronomy, and director of the Office of Biotechnology
  • David Frankel, associate professor of economics
  • Kathleen Hickok, professor of English
  • Neal Iverson, associate professor of geological and atmospheric sciences
  • Jane Jacobson, director of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Academic Services
  • James McGlew, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures
  • William Meeker, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, statistics
  • Kristen Meyer, graduate student in mathematics
  • Patricia Moline, senior director of development -- gift planning and leadership gifts for the Iowa State University Foundation
  • Peter Reilly, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, chemical engineering
  • Sunder Sethuraman, associate professor of mathematics
  • Patricia Thiel, Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, chemistry
  • Denise Williams, undergraduate student in psychology
  • Eve Wurtele, professor of genetics, development and cell biology
  • Susan Carlson, associate provost
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is Iowa State's largest college, and includes the diverse fields of performing arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematical disciplines and social/behavioral sciences. Approximately one-third of Iowa State students graduate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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