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July 26, 1996

Benbow is interim Education dean

by Steve Sullivan
Distinguished Professor of Psychology Camilla Benbow has been named interim dean of the College of Education, effective Aug. 1.

Norene Daly, who has served as Education dean since 1990, announced in June her intention to return to teaching. A national search will begin soon to find her replacement.

"Camilla Benbow has a strong relationship with the College of Education through her internationally recognized research in the development of gifted children, especially in mathematics," said Provost John Kozak. "She is a respected scholar and an experienced and successful administrator."

Benbow was named a Distinguished Professor of Psychology in 1995 in recognition of her research. She co-directs both the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) and the Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted (OPPTAG).

She focuses her research on a 50-year longitudinal study of intellectually talented students, which began in 1971 and now involves more than 6,000 individuals who will be studied throughout their adult lives.

An ISU faculty member since 1985, Benbow received a B.S. (1977) and master's degree (1978) in psychology, a master's degree in education of the gifted (1980) and a doctorate of education (1981), all from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

Benbow was named chairperson of the psychology department in 1992. An interim department chairperson for psychology will be named shortly, Kozak said.

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