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UI liberal arts dean candidate to participate in public forums May
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
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