Dear Colleagues,

As you know, we’ve been seeking candidates to fill the role of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. This position requires an individual with the skills and passion to lead one of the best universities in the world, and I am excited to announce that we have identified four finalists. The candidates will be giving public presentations on the dates and times specified below.


Sonny Ramaswamy is Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the United States Department of Agriculture.
Presentation: September 19, Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor, 4 p.m.

Andreas Cangellaris is Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
Presentation: September 21, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 4 p.m.

Chaden Djalali is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa.
Presentation: September 28, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 4 p.m.

Joan Ferrini-Mundy is Chief Operating Officer for the National Science Foundation. 
Presentation: October 11, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 4 p.m.


The individual selected for this position will hold an important and unique leadership role on our campus. I invite you all to play a part in this process by attending the public presentations and offering your feedback when you receive a message from Swanlund Human Resources.

I want to thank the search committee, chaired by College of Law Dean Vikram Amar, for its careful work in cultivating an excellent pool of applicants and identifying several accomplished finalists. I look forward to welcoming each of them to campus.


Robert J. Jones

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