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Final Candidate for Provost Visits University of Iowa

Or, Five Strong Outside Candidates Interviewed

The University of Iowa will select a new Provost by the end of the month from a field that includes Dr. Arlene Carney, a current U of M administrator. The new Iowa president, Sally Mason - previously at Purdue - will announce her decision shortly. Three of the finalists are women, so the final top administrative positions at the U of I could both be held by women. One of the finalists, Camilla Benbow, is also one of three finalists for the provost position at Purdue.

Of the schools in the BigTen that we might be able to overcome in our long climb to greatness, Purdue and Iowa seem to be the next rungs on the ladder. So it would be wise to observe their activities. Iowa, in particular, seems to have done very well in the last few years in selecting top administrators. The last two presidents at Iowa have gone on to head Michigan and Cornell, and the last provost left to become president of UConn. Good eye, Hawks.

At the U of M, both of our current top administrators have been internal candidates. The last presidential search was marred by a row over secrecy. The University under court order was finally forced to disclose the names of candidate finalists. Let's just say the list was not impressive. Perhaps in the future getting some new energy and ideas from outside would be a good idea? One effect of having an open process is that selection committees will need to come up with a slate of candidates that can stand public scrutiny.

From the Des Moines Register:

Seattle U dean and Grinnell grad is U of I provost finalist

The University of Iowa's fifth and last finalist for the position of provost is Wallace D. Loh, dean of Seattle University's College of Arts and Sciences, the U of I announced today.

Loh, who is also a professor of public service and psychology, will visit the U of I campus Wednesday and Thursday.

Before becoming Seattle University's dean of arts and sciences in 1999, Loh was director of policy for Washington Governor Gary Locke. Loh was also vice chancellor for academic affairs and law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1995-1997. He was dean of the University of Washington Law School from 1990-1995. He worked in law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Loh was born in China and raised in Peru. He speaks Spanish, Chinese and French. Loh received his bachelor's degree from Grinnell College.

The U of I is seeking to replace former provost Michael Hogan, who was named University of Connecticut president in August. Loh is the last of five finalists to visit Iowa City.

The others are:

Robert J. Sternberg, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and psychology professor at Tufts University

Suzanne Ortega, vice provost and graduate dean at the University of Washington

Arlene Carney, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Camilla Persson Benbow, dean of education and human development at Vanderbilt University.

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