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March 7, 2008

Vanderbilt Dean Camilla Benbow to interview for UI provost March 10-11

Camilla Persson Benbow, dean of education and human development at Vanderbilt University, will interview for University of Iowa provost on the UI campus Monday and Tuesday, March 10 and 11.

Benbow will participate in two public events. The first is a forum at 3:30 p.m. Monday in S401 Pappajohn Business Building. During the forum Benbow will answer questions from a panel of faculty members and the audience.

At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Benbow will appear in a public symposium in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol. She will speak on "The Primary Challenges Facing Public Research Universities Today," the designated topic for all the finalists. In addition to the public events, Benbow will meet individually with UI President Sally Mason, collegiate deans and directors, and staff, faculty, and student leaders, among other groups. Each candidate in the search process follows the same general schedule of meetings and public events.

An educational psychologist and nationally recognized expert in talent identification and development, Benbow's scholarly work focuses on gifted children and the development of mathematical talent. She co-directs the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, a planned 50-year longitudinal study that began at Johns Hopkins University in 1971. She is member of the National Science Board and, from 2006 to 2008, served as vice chair of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. She earned her Ed.D., with distinction, from Johns Hopkins University in 1981.

Previously, Benbow was professor of psychology at Iowa State University and was appointed interim dean of education at ISU in 1996. She became Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt's Peabody College in 1998. She is a member of the board of the American Psychological Foundation and is one of 16 education and business leaders named by the National Forum on Information Literacy to a council that will determine national standards for information and communication technology literacy. Benbow has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and 35 chapters.

Benbow is the fourth candidate to visit campus. The fifth and final candidate will be announced Tuesday, March 11. Detailed schedule information for all of the candidate visits is available online at The identities of, and information about, each individual candidate will be made available the day before each candidate's visit begins.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation of each candidate. The evaluation form will be accessible from the provost search Web site at

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