CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor For Research Candidates Announced, Scheduled For Campus Interviews Week Of March 19

March 17, 2006

Five candidates for the position of vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school have been announced by the University of Colorado at Boulder to fill the position currently held by Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Susan Avery.

Avery is a candidate for the permanent position and a second internal candidate, engineering Professor Stein Sture, also is in the running for the post.

Several campus committees will interview the candidates beginning with Sture on Monday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 20. Each of the candidates will be available to meet with faculty in two scheduled sessions. Faculty meetings for all of the candidates except Sture are being arranged and will be announced at a later date.

Sture's faculty meetings will be March 19 from 2-3 p.m. and March 20 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Both meetings will be in the University Memorial Center, room 415-417.

Besides Avery and Sture, the three other finalists include Pius Egbelu, dean of the National Science Foundation Academy in Arlington, Va.; Brad Fenwick, vice president for research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.; and Larry Lemanski, vice president for research at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Egbelu will meet with campus committees on April 4-6 followed by Fenwick, who will visit campus April 15-17. Avery will meet with faculty and campus committees April 23-24 and Lemanski's campus meetings will be April 25-27.

Sture is the Huber and Helen Croft Endowed Professor in the department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at CU-Boulder. He is currently serving as faculty director of special projects and initiatives in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and has held the position of interim vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate School from October 2005 through July 2006. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from CU-Boulder.

Egbelu currently serves as dean of the National Science Foundation's National Science Academy in Arlington, Va., and was previously dean of engineering at Louisiana State University from 2000 to 2004, where he was also the Bert Turner Distinguished Professor. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Louisiana Tech University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Fenwick has been vice president for research at Virginia Tech since 2004 and from 2002 to 2004 served as the chief science adviser and chief scientist for Research, Education and Economics with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Kansas State University, his master's in pathology from Kansas State and his doctoral degree in comparative pathology from the University of California, Davis. He also holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State.

Avery has been interim vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school at CU-Boulder since 2004. During her tenure she also served as interim provost for the Boulder campus and continued in an advisory capacity to the vice chancellor for research and graduate school. Avery was director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences from 1994 to 2004.

Avery received her bachelor's degree in physics from Michigan State University, her master's in physics from the University of Illinois and her doctorate in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois.

Lemanski has been vice president for research at Florida Atlantic University since 2001, where he also is dean of graduate programs and president of the Florida Atlantic University Research Corporation. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin, his master's in zoology from Arizona State University and his doctorate from Arizona State. He also conducted post doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania.

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