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Dec. 14, 2003

Executive Dean At Ohio State Is Fifth UI Provost Candidate

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Michael J. Hogan, professor of history and executive dean at Ohio State University, will be on the campus of the University of Iowa Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 16 to interview for the position of provost, the university's chief academic officer.

Hogan is the fifth of six finalists for the position who have been visiting the campus since Dec. 1. Each candidate is participating in two public events, a public forum for taking questions and answers from a faculty panel and a public symposium on the candidate's scholarly activity. Hogan's forum will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 in W401 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB). His symposium will be Dec. 16 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., also in W401 PBB.

Faculty, staff, students and others who attend the events involving provost candidates are encouraged to share their evaluations with the provost search committee. An evaluation form prepared by the committee is available on the search website at:

Hogan earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. He has been on the faculty at Ohio State since 1986 and specializes in the history of American diplomacy and national security affairs.

He served as chair of the Ohio State Department of History from 1993 to 1999, as dean of the College of Humanities from 1999 to 2003, and took a position as executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences in July 2001. Since that time, the position of executive dean has evolved into a separate free-standing office with oversight of five colleges: arts, biological sciences, humanities, mathematical and physical sciences and social and behavioral sciences. Hogan's major responsibilities include recruiting and evaluating deans in the arts and sciences, reporting to the provost on behalf of the five colleges, managing central services for the colleges and exercising budget authority across the arts and sciences. The executive dean also administers curriculum approved by the faculty and is responsible for honors and scholars programs and for interdisciplinary centers and programs that involve more than one of the five colleges.

Hogan came to Ohio State in 1986 from Miami University. His nine years at that institution were preceded by service at Stony Brook University and at the University of Texas, Austin.

He is the author or editor of nine books and a host of scholarly articles and essays. His publications include The Marshall Plan: America, Britain, and the Reconstruction of Western Europe, 1947-1952 (Cambridge, 1987), which received the Stuart L. Bernath Book Award of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association and the Quincy Wright Prize of the International Studies Association. He is currently working on a history of his discipline, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, and on a book dealing with the Cold War in American history and memory.

Hogan served for 15 years as editor of "Diplomatic History," an international journal of record for specialists in diplomacy and foreign affairs. He has served on numerous editorial boards and as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He has also served on the U. S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Diplomatic Documentation, which he chaired for three years, and has worked as a consultant for a number of BBC documentaries and for the PBS special "George C. Marshall and the American Century."

In addition, he has been a fellow at the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and has served as Louis Martin Sears Distinguished Professor of History at Purdue University. His scholarship and teaching have been recognized by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, which awarded him the Bernath Lecture Prize in 1984. In 1990, he won Ohio State's Distinguished Scholar Award, the highest award for scholarly distinction conferred on members of the faculty.

The provost is the university's chief academic officer. Reporting directly to the university president, the provost is responsible for the supervision of all academic programs, a variety of faculty-related matters (including academic promotion and tenure decisions and faculty advocacy), student academic affairs and strategic academic planning. The provost communicates on behalf of the university with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the governing board for Iowa's three public universities, and with a variety of internal and external constituencies. The provost is a principal participant in collaborative decision-making involving university-wide strategic planning and budget development, management of auxiliary enterprises, health care services and the conduct of research and scholarship.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, Writer, 319-335-0552,