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Jan. 23, 2004

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New University Of Iowa Provost Has Iowa Roots

A scholar with two advanced degrees from the University of Iowa is returning to become the UI's chief academic officer. Michael J. Hogan, professor of history and executive dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University, will be the University of Iowa's next provost, President David Skorton announced today. In addition to serving as provost, Hogan will have an appointment as a tenured full professor in the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Pending approval of his appointment by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, he will assume his new duties July 1, 2004.

"I'm pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Hogan has accepted our offer to become the next provost of the University of Iowa," Skorton said. "I invite the entire campus to join me in warmly welcoming one of our own graduates back to our campus in this most significant position of responsibility and authority. The provost is our chief academic officer, with wide-ranging oversight, including all 11 colleges, continuing education, international programs, the libraries, and our museums, to name only a few.

"Dr. Hogan truly exemplifies what the provost search committee articulated as the essential qualifications for this position," Skorton noted. "The excellence of his distinguished scholarship and the awards which his discipline has bestowed upon him demonstrate that he is an established intellectual leader, teacher and scholar. Just as importantly, he has an excellent record of achievement as a high-level academic administrator at a well-respected peer institution, Ohio State University."

Search committee chairs Kate Gfeller and James Torner thanked the members of their committee and members of the university community for playing an active role in the process of selecting the provost and showing the positive characteristics of the university to the candidates.

"I want to thank the faculty, staff, students and friends of the university who supported the work of our search committee throughout the process, including the nomination of excellent candidates," Gfeller said. "They identified really strong individuals, and that's what made this process work. Dr. Hogan was nominated by several people on campus."

"The entire search committee was highly dedicated, contributed extraordinary effort, and deserves our deep appreciation," Torner added.

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, also welcomed the new provost. "I am thrilled that Dr. Hogan will be joining our history department, our college, and our university," she said. "He's smart, creative and thoughtful. He will make a wonderful provost."

"Michael Hogan is a superb scholar," said Linda Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and chair of the Department of History. "On behalf of the history department, I am delighted to welcome our alumnus back to Schaeffer Hall."

Hogan's master's and doctoral degrees in history are from the University of Iowa. He also earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern 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 freestanding office with oversight of five colleges: arts, biological sciences, humanities, mathematical and physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.

Hogan's major responsibilities at Ohio State 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. He 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.

Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, he was at Miami University for nine years. He has also been on the faculties 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 served on the U. S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Diplomatic Documentation, which he chaired for three years. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of BBC documentaries and for the PBS special "George C. Marshall and the American Century."

In addition, Hogan 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 wide 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.

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