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June 8, 2007

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Rutgers VP To Interview For UI Presidency June 11 and 12

Philip Furmanski, executive vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, will be on the University of Iowa campus Monday and Tuesday, June 11 and 12, to interview for the position of UI president.

UI faculty, staff and students and other community members are invited to attend an open forum Monday afternoon at which Furmanski 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 Museum of Natural History in Macbride Hall from 5-5:45 p.m.

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

The rest of Furmanski’s time on campus Monday 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 Furmanski Tuesday, June 12. That meeting will be open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Following Furmanski’s visit, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation form. The form will be available until 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 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.

At Rutgers, Furmanski oversees undergraduate and graduate education, research, university budgeting, land grant programs, libraries, enrollment management, financial aid, student affairs, institutional research, continuing education, and schools, faculties, centers, and institutes on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus.

Prior to joining Rutgers in 2003, Furmanski was chair of the department of biology and a professor of pathology at New York University School of Medicine. He also served at NYU as interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science and then Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

His career began at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and he has held research positions at Temple University School of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, the Michigan Cancer Foundation and the AMC Cancer Research Center. He is a past member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Cancer Center and the Center for AIDS Research, both at NYU Medical Center.

Furmanski has taught at the Dartmouth Medical School, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is also the author or coauthor of numerous scholarly articles, books, book chapters, reviews, and abstracts.

Furmanski holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry and a doctoral degree in microbiology from Temple University. He is a tenured professor in the department of cell biology and neuroscience in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences-New Brunswick, and a professor in the department of molecular genetics, microbiology and immunology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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

"We are pleased that Dr. Furmanski 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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