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Newport to chair search committee


Elissa Newport, George Eastman Professor and chair of brain and cognitive sciences, will chair the search committee for the vice provost and dean of the faculty of arts, sciences, and engineering to succeed Thomas LeBlanc, who leaves to become executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami July 1.

Joanna Olmsted, professor of biology and currently dean of faculty development in the College, will serve as interim vice provost and dean of the College faculty until a permanent successor is appointed. (More information about the search process is available online at

Provost Charles Phelps announced the search committee members: Loisa Bennetto, assistant professor of psychology; Robert Boeckman Jr., Marshall D. Gates Jr. Professor and chair of chemistry; Gerald Gamm, associate professor of political science and history and chair of political science; Wendi Heinzelman, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Emil Homerin, professor of religion; Wayne Knox, professor of optics and director of the Institute of Optics; Henry Kyburg Jr., Gideon W. Burbank Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy; Jeffrey Runner, associate professor of linguistics; Paul Tipton, professor of physics; Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English; and Richard Waugh, professor and chair of biomedical engineering.

"I'm very pleased with the committee membership," says Phelps. "This is a dedicated and very thoughtful group of individuals." A search firm will be selected to assist the committee in its work, he adds.

"Let me thank Chuck, Elissa, and the members of the search committee who will be taking on a very important search," says President-elect Joel Seligman. "We seek the best dean we can find, whether inside or outside the University, to continue the progress of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering."

The Provost's Office has posted a Web page on the office's site ( providing information on the search and an e-mail address for those wishing to make comments or offer nominations.

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