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October 23, 1998

Nominations sought for provost search committee

by Steve Sullivan

President Martin Jischke invites nominations of faculty, staff and students to serve on the search committee that will seek a successor to Provost John Kozak.

Kozak has resigned from the provost position, effective Dec. 31, and will remain at Iowa State as a member of the chemistry faculty.

Nominations for the provost search committee should be sent soon to President Jischke, 117 Beardshear, fax: 4-0565, Jischke said he would like to name a search committee as soon as possible. The goal is to bring finalists to campus for interviews before the end of spring semester and have a new provost on the job before fall semester 1999 begins, he said.

An interim provost, who will serve beginning Jan. 1, 1999, will be named soon.

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

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.

"I want to express my gratitude to John Kozak for his positive contributions to our university," Jischke said. "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'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.

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