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June 11, 2007

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IUPUI Chancellor To Interview For UI Presidency June 12 And 15

Charles R. Bantz, chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will be on the University of Iowa campus Tuesday, June 12, and Friday, June 15, to interview for the position of UI president.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will interview Bantz on Tuesday, June 12, in public session at 9 a.m. in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The candidate will return to campus Friday, June 15, for interviews with UI administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders and for a public forum and reception.

UI faculty, staff and students and other community members are invited to attend the open forum Friday afternoon at which Bantz 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 to 5:45 p.m.

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

Following Bantz’s visit, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation form. The form will be available until 9 p.m. Friday, June 15 at this address: 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.

Bantz assumed his duties as the fourth chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on June 1, 2003. IUPUI is an urban research and academic health sciences campus. It was created in 1969 as a partnership by and between Indiana and Purdue Universities, with Indiana University as the managing partner.

In addition to his position as chancellor, Bantz holds faculty appointments at IUPUI as professor of communication studies in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and professor of management in the IU Kelley School of Business.

A native of South Dakota, Bantz is an organizational communication expert, having published on organizational behavior, culture, and change. His disciplinary leadership is evident in his election to numerous posts in national and international organizations, in receiving an award for his book Understanding Organizations, and in his election to the editorship of Communication Monographs. He developed an international dimension to his scholarship and teaching through a multinational research project known as the Salzburg Seminar's Universities Project, which was created to help promote higher education reform in Central and East Europe and in the Russian Federation. The Universities Project and its adjunct Visiting Advisors Program were funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

From August 2000 to May 2003, Bantz served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and professor of communication at Wayne State University, which is located in Detroit and serves more than 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students. As provost at Wayne State, Bantz was a leader in the university's strategic planning effort. Among the initiatives he led were the establishment of a biomedical engineering department, Wayne State's first university-wide capital campaign, the reorganization of university success services, and expansion of the honors program.

Bantz came to Wayne State from Arizona State University. On ASU's main campus at Tempe, he served as vice provost from 1995 to 2000 and as director of university continuous improvement from 1996 to 2000. From 1989 to 1995 he was chair of the ASU Department of Communication (now the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication). He has also been on the faculties of Arizona State, the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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

"We are pleased that Dr. Bantz 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.

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