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UI begins search for College of Engineering interim dean
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Provost Jon Whitmore announced
today (Jan. 6) that he is initiating a search within the College of Engineering
for an interim dean following the planned departure of Richard K. Miller.
Miller intends to resign as engineering dean, effective Jan. 31, to accept
the position of president of the new Franklin W. Olin College to be located
in Needham, Mass.
Whitmore said that the university, with the assistance of College of
Engineering faculty, plans to have an interim dean in place by Feb. 1.
He noted that a nationwide search to select a permanent dean will begin
"The College of Engineering is well situated to attract very strong
candidates to the dean's position," Whitmore said. "We will be
looking for a creative leader who has an exciting vision for engineering
education and research for the 21st century."
He noted that the College of Engineering has been greatly strengthened
by Miller's six years of leadership. "Rick Miller has provided the
College of Engineering with great vision, energy and focus in preparing
its curriculum, research programs and facilities for the next century.
We wish him well in his new and challenging role in engineering education,"
said Whitmore. Olin College is a new, undergraduate engineering college
being established and underwritten by the F. W. Olin Foundation.
"Without question, leading the College of Engineering here at Iowa
has been the greatest privilege of my life," Miller said. "The
future of the College of Engineering looks very, very bright."
Under Miller's leadership, the UI College of Engineering maintained
a U.S. News and World Report ranking among the top 50 engineering
graduate colleges in the nation four of the last five years; established
the nation's first Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate for engineering
students; and initiated a $29 million building modernization project, scheduled
for completion in 2001. Prior to coming to the UI in 1992, Miller served
as associate dean of engineering and professor of civil engineering and
aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California.
One of 10 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of
Engineering has educational courses that date back more than a century.
Its six departments include: biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil
and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical
engineering. The college, ranked among the top 50 engineering schools
nationally, is recognized for its small size, personalized approach to
education and focused mission. Its location on a strong liberal arts campus
-- with natural strengths in writing and communications, health sciences,
business, law, and arts and humanities -- provides highly complementary
resources to build the type of broad technological education demanded in
a rapidly changing world.