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Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


AMES, Iowa -- The ISU Research Park Board has begun a search for a new president by establishing an eight-member search committee chaired by Ben Allen, dean of Iowa State University's College of Business.

"We are optimistic we will attract talented candidates because it is an exciting and challenging position," Allen said. "The president of the research park will be working with creative, high-energy entrepreneurs and providing leadership in fostering economic development for Iowa."

In addition to Allen, search committee members are Russ Cross, chair of the ISU Research Park Board of Directors and president, Norwest Bank, Ames; John Fitzgibbon, Des Moines business person; Kim Russel, CEO, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames; Jamie Wade, vice president and general counsel, Engineering Animation Inc., Ames; Deland Myers, associate professor food science and human nutrition, ISU; Carol Bradley, director of governmental relations, ISU; and John Dobson, associate vice provost, ISU.

David Roederer has been interim director of the research park since Jan. 1. The ISU Research Park currently is home to 30 companies and more than 750 employees.

Nominations and applications should be sent to Ben Allen, chair, ISU Research Park Director Search Committee, Office of the Provost, 107 Beardshear Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-2021. The position description will be available March 1 on the park's web site at

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