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U Vice Provost Interviews in Iowa City

From the Daily:

February 29, 2008

University Vice Provost Arlene Carney is a finalist for the provost position at the University of Iowa.

By Emma Carew

Vice Provost for faculty and academic affairs Arlene Carney is taking part in a two-day interview process for the position of provost at the University of Iowa on Thursday and Friday.

The previous provost, Michael Hogan, vacated the position in August when he was named president of the University of Connecticut, University of Iowa Vice Provost Tom Rocklin said.

"We have the highest regard for Vice Provost Carney, and while we would hate to lose her, we congratulate her on the honor of being named a finalist for the position of Provost at the University of Iowa," Provost Thomas Sullivan said in an e-mail statement Thursday.

Rocklin said the new provost will be "centrally involved" in executing the last year of the University of Iowa's current five-year strategic plan, and will also be charged with developing the next five-year goals.

Anderson, who serves as the undergraduate representative on the committee, said he met Carney on Thursday afternoon and was impressed with her friendliness.

"I was struck by how personable she was," he said.

Hogan had a reputation for being highly accessible to students, Anderson said, and undergraduates are hoping to bring in someone with similar qualities.

Carney was on campus for the interview at the same time as Suzanne Ortega, current vice provost and dean of the graduate school at the University of Washington.

Only three of the five candidates have been identified, and the University of Iowa will release the names of the final two candidates on the day before their visits, according to the University of Iowa Web site.

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Iowa has a pretty good track record of selecting high quality admininistrators.

Recent Iowa presidents have gone off to be presidents of Michigan and Cornell. The provost Dr. Carney is campaigning to replace has taken a job as the president of UConn.

Our senior administrators - Yudof excepted - seem to stay at Minnesota until retirement. Whether this is a good thing is debatable.

Ciao, Bonzo

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