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April 3, 1997

FAS search committee to be charged

Members of the search committee for a new dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) were scheduled to meet for the first time today, April 3, to receive their charge from Provost James Maher.

Committee chairperson Edward Stricker said he expects that the committee will be asked to recommend three-to-five candidates by next January or February. "Beyond that, we won't know the exact process or details of the search until we meet with the provost," he said.

Stricker is a University Professor and chairperson of the neuroscience department. He was elected to the search committee by a vote of FAS faculty, and appointed committee chairperson by Provost Maher.

In addition to Stricker, search committee members include: Chris Briem, representing the FAS Graduate Student Organization; Justin DalMolin, undergraduate student government; Toi Derricotte, English department; Ann Sutherland Harris, history of art and architecture department; Ronald Linden, political science department; Johanna D. Moore, computer science department (elected by faculty vote); Babs Mowery, Staff Association Council; Evelyn Rawski, history department; Regina Schulte-Ladbeck, physics and astronomy department (elected by faculty vote), and Peter Siska, chemistry department (elected by faculty vote).

In a March 20 memorandum announcing the search committee membership to FAS faculty, staff and students, Provost Maher wrote: "I am confident that we will be able to conduct a thorough search, and I am sure that the committee will welcome your comments and seek your input throughout the search process." The new FAS dean will succeed Peter Koehler, who announced last fall that he will resign in 1998 to become a full-time, tenured professor in the physics and astronomy department.

— Bruce Steele

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