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June 8, 2007

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South Carolina Provost To Interview For UI Presidency June 12 and 13

Mark P. Becker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina, will be on the University of Iowa campus Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12 and 13, to interview for the position of UI president.

UI faculty, staff and students and other community members are invited to attend an open forum Tuesday afternoon at which Becker will talk about issues facing public research universities and then take questions from the audience. The forum will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. A reception will follow in the Old Capitol from 5-5:45 p.m.

The forum will be taped and broadcast on UITV Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The rest of the candidate’s time on campus Tuesday will be spent in private interviews with UI administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders.

Members of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will interview Becker Wednesday, June 13. That meeting will be open to the public and will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Ballroom.

Following Becker’s visit, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation form. The form will be available until 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at this address: The evaluations will become part of a presidential search committee’s final report to the Regents. The Regents will make the final decision about who will be hired as the UI’s 20th president.

Becker was appointed executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina on Sept. 1, 2004. Becker was formerly dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and associate dean for academic affairs and professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics (magna cum laude) from Towson State University in Maryland and his Ph.D. in statistics from The Pennsylvania State University.

Becker was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1999 and has been the principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation grants. He was co-editor of Sociological Methodology, and was a guest editor for Sociological Methods and Research and for the Journal of the American Statistical Association. He has published extensively in leading journals, serves on a number of editorial boards, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

David Johnsen, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and dean of the College of Dentistry, encouraged the community to welcome Becker during his visit to the campus.

"We are pleased that Dr. Becker has agreed to come to our campus and discuss this vital position,” Johnsen said. “We encourage all faculty, staff, students and community members to attend the open forums and then to help us make our recommendation by filling out the evaluation form that can be accessed on the presidential search website.”

In addition to Johnsen, members of the search committee include Professor Jonathan Carlson, College of Law; Professor Lee Anna Clark, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS); Professor Elizabeth Chrischilles, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health; Associate Professor Sarah England, Physiology and Biophysics, Carver College of Medicine (CCOM); Professor Ed Folsom, Department of English, CLAS; Leonard Hadley, retired Chairman and CEO, Maytag Corporation; Dean Linda Maxson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor Paul Rothman, DEO, Department of Internal Medicine, CCOM; Professor Gene Parkin, Department of Civil-Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering; Cheryl Reardon, Assistant to the Dean/VP for Research; Professor Jarjisu Sa-Aadu, Department of Finance, Tippie College of Business; and Sarah Vigmostad, graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

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