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UI liberal arts dean candidate to participate in public forums May 6

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David F. Bright, vice president for arts and sciences and dean of Emory College at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., will be on the University of Iowa campus May 5 and 6 to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

He will participate in two public forums on Tuesday, May 6, in the Indiana Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Undergraduate education will be the topic from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Graduate education and research will be discussed from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. During his two days at the UI, Bright will also meet with UI students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators.

Bright has been on the faculty at Emory University since 1991. In addition to serving as vice president for arts and sciences, he holds an academic appointment as professor of classics and comparative literature. Before joining the faculty at Emory, he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of classical studies at Iowa State University.

From 1970 to 1989, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1988-89. He was assistant professor of classics from 1967-70 at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He was also a teaching associate at the University of Cincinnati and an instructor at the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1962 from the University of Manitoba and both an A.M. degree (1963) and a doctorate (1967) from the University of Cincinnati.

The UI College of Liberal Arts is the largest college within the university, with 16,000 students and 650 tenure-track faculty in 42 departments and professional schools. The College administers the General Education Program for virtually all undergraduate students and offers undergraduate degrees in 57 fields. It also participates in graduate education through its departments, which offer graduate programs enrolling 3,000 students in 45 fields.

The dean of the College of Liberal Arts exercises intellectual leadership and executive authority for the college and represents the college in its relations with UI administrators and with alumni and other external constituencies.

The new dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts will replace Judith Aikin, who is stepping down from that position to return to the faculty as of July 1.