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John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6137


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University President Martin C. Jischke today announced that he has accepted the resignation of Provost John J. Kozak, effective Dec. 31, 1998. Kozak submitted his resignation Oct. 15.

Kozak was appointed provost in July 1992. The provost is the university's chief academic officer, overseeing the university's eight colleges, ISU Extension and various research units. Kozak plans to remain at Iowa State as a member of the chemistry faculty.

"Serving as provost has been an exceptional experience for me, and I am proud of the achievements of our faculty in their teaching, research and outreach. However, after many years devoted to academic administration, I want to reconnect with my discipline both in teaching and research," said Kozak.

"I want to express my gratitude to John Kozak for his positive contributions to our university," said President Jischke. "From chairing the committee that developed the university's strategic plan to his extensive involvement in our international partnerships, John Kozak has had a distinct impact on the quality of Iowa State University's programs."

From 1988 to 1992, Kozak was dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry at the University of Georgia, Athens. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame for 20 years, serving in a number of positions, including professor of chemistry, senior scientist with the Notre Dame (DOE) Radiation Laboratory, co-director of the Honors Program and associate dean of the College of Science.

Kozak received the B.S. in chemistry in 1961 from Case Western Reserve University and the Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1965 from Princeton University. Two years (1965-1967) were spent at the University of Brussels, Belgium, as a NIH postdoctoral fellow and one year (1967-1968) as Research Associate at the University of Chicago.

Kozak serves as a member of the Fermilab Board of Overseers and recently was named a consultant for the World Bank.

A national search for a new provost will begin as soon as a search committee can be formed. An interim provost will be named soon.


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