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Release: Immediate

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 in February.

"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.