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Release: June 9, 2000
UI provost announces administrative appointments
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Provost Jon Whitmore has announced
a series of administrative appointments, effective at the beginning of the
fall semester. These appointments follow Professor Joe Knight's return to
the College of Law faculty after successfully completing his three-year term
as vice provost.
-- Leslie Sims, dean of the Graduate College, will be interim vice provost.
-- John Keller, Graduate College associate dean for research, will be interim
dean of the Graduate College.
-- David Wiemer, professor of chemistry, will be interim associate dean
for academic affairs in the Graduate College.
Sims' administrative experience will be invaluable in the provost's office,
Whitmore said. "I am confident that he will make a smooth transition
into this position and effectively balance the wide range of responsibilities
it carries," he said. "Les Sims will also bring deep experience
with interdisciplinary programs to the provost's office at a time when the
university intends to increase teaching and research collaboration across
"Les has an excellent record of achievement with the Graduate College,"
Whitmore added, "and I know that standard will be maintained under the
leadership of John Keller and David Wiemer."
Sims has served as dean of the Graduate College since 1991 and associate
provost for graduate education since 1997. Before coming to the UI he was
associate vice chancellor for research at North Carolina State University.
He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois. Sims has served
on several national committees, including the National Science Foundation
Committee on Minority Programs, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation,
and the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities/Association
of Graduate Schools. He also is the chair of the Midwestern Association of
Graduate Schools. As interim vice provost, Sims will be the senior staff member
in the provost's office, overseeing the management of major projects.
Keller joined the UI College of Dentistry faculty in 1988 and was promoted
to professor in 1991. He holds appointments in oral and maxillofacial surgery
and with the Dows Institute for Dental Research. He also holds appointments
as a professor of biomedical engineering and as a collaborating professor
in veterinary medicine and engineering at Iowa State University. In 1999 Keller
was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science.He was president of the American Association for Dental Research in
1997-98. In 1989 Keller was awarded a National Institute of Dental Research
Career Development Award. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in biological
materials from Northwestern University.
Wiemer joined the UI chemistry department in 1978 and was promoted to full
professor in 1989. He specializes in synthetic and bioorganic chemistry. He
is the author of numerous publications and has won several awards for teaching
and research, including a UI Faculty Scholarship and a UI Collegiate Teaching
Award. Wiemer is a member of the UI Cancer Center, the Center for Biocatalysis
and Bioprocessing, and the Center for Gene Therapy. He received his doctorate
in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois.