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AMES, Iowa Five finalists for the presidency of Iowa State
University have been announced by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa,
Presidential Search and Screen Advisory Committee.
The finalists are Sharon Stephens Brehm, provost and professor of
psychology at Ohio University, Athens; Michael M. Crow, executive vice
provost and professor of science policy and technology at Columbia
University, New York; Gregory L. Geoffroy, senior vice president for
academic affairs and provost at the University of Maryland, College Park;
Cora Bagley Marrett, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost
at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and James L. Melsa, dean of the
College of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering,
Iowa State University. The finalists will be on campus over the next two
weeks. During the campus visits, the finalists will meet with a variety of
university administrative, faculty, staff and student groups. Each will
respond to questions during a diversity forum from 3 to 3:45 p.m. and an
open forum from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on the first day of the visit. All forums
will be in the Memorial Union (rooms listed below). The campus visit
The Presidential Search and Screen Advisory Committee will provide
reports on each of the finalists to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa,
following the campus visits. The Board of Regents also will interview each
"Choosing the next president of Iowa State University is an awesome task
and each member of the Presidential Search and Screen Advisory Committee has
approached it with enthusiasm and care," said Benjamin Allen, committee
chairperson and dean of Iowa States College of Business. "The members
deserve our deepest appreciation for their dedication and hard work."
Brehm is the principal author of the textbook "Social Psychology" and has
written many articles on social and clinical psychology. She has held
various positions with the American Psychological Association.
Crow received a B.A. in political science and environmental studies from
Iowa State and a Ph.D. in public administration (science and technology
policy) from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, New York.
He received a B.S. in chemistry (1968) from the University of Louisville,
Kentucky; and a Ph.D. in chemistry (1974) from the California Institute of
Technology, Pasadena. He research interests include organometallic
chemistry. He was named a Fellow, American Association for the Advancement
of Science, in 1991.
She was a member of the Presidents Commission on the Accident at
Three-Mile Island (Pennsylvania) in 1979. Her research interests include
gender issues in classrooms, and women in science and medicine. All of
Marretts degrees are in sociology; a B.A. (1963) from Virginia Union
University, Richmond; and masters (1965) and Ph.D. (1968) degrees from
the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
He was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers in 1978 and received that groups Third Millennium Medal last
year. Melsas research interests include digital signal processing,
quality, communications and high velocity performance. Melsa received his
B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State (1960) and his M.S.
(1962) and Ph.D. (1965) degrees from the University of Arizona, Tucson.
The next president, the universitys 14th, succeeds Martin Jischke,
who became president of Purdue University in August 2000. Distinguished
professor of chemical engineering Richard Seagrave is serving as interim
president of Iowa State.