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June 11, 2007

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Purdue Provost To Interview For UI Presidency June 13 And 14

Sally Mason, provost at Purdue University, will be on the University of Iowa campus Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 and 14, to interview for the position of UI president.

Mason will spend most of June 14 in private interviews with UI administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders. All UI faculty, staff and students and other community members are invited to attend an open forum Thursday afternoon at which she 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 Thursday evening at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Members of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will interview Mason at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. That 90-minute session is open to the public.

Following Mason’s visit, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation form. The form will be available until 5 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.

Mason received her bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Kentucky in 1972, a master's degree from Purdue University in 1974, and a Ph.D. in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology from the University of Arizona in 1978. After two years at Indiana University in Bloomington doing postdoctoral research, she joined the University of Kansas in 1981. During the span of her 21 years at KU, she served as a full professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, acting chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and finally, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

In 2001, Mason returned to Purdue, where she is currently a professor of biology and provost of the University. Her responsibilities now include oversight for all of the academic programs on the West Lafayette campus and those on the four Purdue-affiliated regional campuses. She has received a number of teaching awards, including a Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award, an Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, and a prestigious Kemper Teaching Fellowship.

Mason is the author of many scientific papers and has obtained a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Wesley Research Foundation. More recently, she has served as principal investigator for several large statewide NSF grants and grants from the Lilly Endowment in Indiana. 

Among the number of national and international organizations of which she has been a part, Mason has served as president of the Pan American Society for Pigment Cell Research, president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, member of the Advisory Committee to the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), member of the NSF Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment, member of the executive board of the NASULGC Chief Academic Officers Group, and chair of the board of Inproteo, a start-up company collaboration between Eli Lilly, Inc., Indiana University, and Purdue University.

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

"We are pleased that Dr. Mason 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 ofMedicine (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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