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Purdue College of Science Dean Search

Purdue is near concluding a search for a new dean of the College of Science and one of the candidates is the chair of the U of M's chemistry department.

From the Purdue website:

Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, is chairing the committee, which conducted a national candidate search.

"We have selected four outstanding candidates who will come to campus to share their vision for the college with the Purdue community," Jamieson said. "The high caliber of candidates highlights the reputation of the College of Science as an institution of academic excellence. We look forward to the presentations and to receiving feedback from the community."

Candidates and their open forum dates are:

Jeffrey T. Roberts, chair and Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Roberts will speak at a forum from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday (May 1) in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142.

Patricia Rankin, associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and development and professor of physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rankin will speak at a forum from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday (May 4) in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142.

Robert E. Continetti, chair and Kurt Shuler Scholar in Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego. Continetti will speak at a forum from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday (May 7) in Stewart Center, Room 206.

Pierre V. Sokolsky, dean of the College of Science and professor of physics at the University of Utah. Sokolsky will speak at a forum from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday (May 11) in Stewart Center, Room 206.

Dr. Roberts would be a good fit at Purdue. He is personable, intelligent, and has done an excellent job as chair. In addition he is familiar with strategic positioning and being driven to discover. Analogous adminspeak is used on the Purdue site, the exact phraseology being: "2008-2014 Strategic Plan: Insight, Innovation, Impact" and "pursuing discovery with delivery." Gee, do you think all the BigTen schools use the same advertising agency and get a discount?

Rumor has it that a private plane was sent by Purdue earlier in the week to pick up Dr. Roberts and whisk him off to West Lafayette. He is back in town. Stay tuned...

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