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Tuesday, December 7, 2004

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IU President Adam W. Herbert names chancellor search and screen committee

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert announced Tuesday that he has appointed a 23-member Search and Screen Committee to help find a successor for Kenneth Gros Louis, IU's senior vice president for academic affairs and chancellor of the Bloomington campus.

Gros Louis, who retired from that position in 2001, agreed to return to the office last January on an interim basis when former Chancellor Sharon Brehm resigned.

Gros Louis, came to IU in 1964 as an assistant professor of English and Comparative Literature. He then served as associate professor, professor, chair of the English Department and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences before being appointed in 1980 as vice president for academic affairs at Indiana University and chancellor of the Bloomington Campus.

The search committee will be headed by Trevor Brown, dean of the School of Journalism. It will include 11 Bloomington campus faculty members, three faculty members from other IU campuses, and eight members representing various constituencies with an interest in the position.

"This is a committee in whom I have the highest level of confidence," Herbert said. "This position is the single most critical one I will fill. It has enormous consequences for the future of Indiana University."

Herbert said that while the majority of the committee represents the faculty on the Bloomington campus, he expanded the committee to include other key constituencies.

The committee is charged with conducting a confidential, nation-wide search and recommending one or more finalists to Herbert by April.

"It is my hope to identify a new chancellor by the end of the spring term, with that individual being in place by the start of classes next fall," Herbert said. "In the event this process takes longer, Chancellor Gros Louis has agreed to remain in his position until a successor has been chosen. This will ensure a smooth and seamless transition."

According to Herbert, the committee will look for an individual with strong academic credentials and vision, successful academic leadership experience at a major research university, a deep commitment to faculty governance, and the ability to communicate well with faculty, students and external constituencies.

Those named to the committee were:

Melissa Adams, graduate student, and assistant moderator of the Graduate and Professional Student Organization, IUB
David Baker, distinguished professor, School of Music, IUB
Kevin Brown, professor, School of Law, IUB
Trevor Brown, committee chair, dean, School of Journalism, IUB
Tyson Chastain, undergraduate student, and president of the IU Student Association, IUB
David Daleke, associate professor, Medical Sciences Program, and Bloomington Faculty Council, IUB
Janice Froehlich, professor, School of Medicine, IUPUI
Laura Ginger, associate professor, Kelley School of Business, IUB
Barbara Hawkins, professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, IUB
Eleanor Kinney, Hall Render professor, School of Law, IUPUI
Robert Kravchuk, associate professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB
Christina Kuzmych, Professional Staff Council, IUB
Timothy Londergan, professor of physics, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
Martha McCarthy, Chancellor's professor, School of Education, IUB
Michael McGerr, professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
Charlie Nelms, vice president for institutional development and student affairs
Patrick O'Meara, dean, IU International Programs
Ruth Person, chancellor, IU Kokomo
Lisa Pratt, professor of geological sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
Patrick Shoulders, IU Board of Trustees, IU Alumni Association, and IU Foundation
The Honorable Viola Taliaferro, Bloomington community
David Taylor, professor of biology, School of Natural Sciences, IU Southeast
Larry Thibos, professor, School of Optometry, IUB

Two ex-officio members were also named:

Julie Knost, director, IU Office of Affirmative Action
Sara McNabb, chief of staff and executive assistant to the president.


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