INSIDE IOWA STATE
January 26, 2001
Geoffroy picked as new president
by Diana Pounds
Gregory Geoffroy, the chief
academic officer at the
University of Maryland,
will become Iowa State University president July 1.
"I'm very excited," Geoffroy said during a Jan. 22 press conference, held
shortly after the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, named him president.
"It's a great opportunity
for me to lead a university that I
have admired for a very long time."
Iowa State's "biggest strength is great people," Geoffroy added. "I was
thoroughly impressed with everyone
I met when I was here last week for the on-campus interview."
Geoffroy, who was one of three finalists for the presidency at the
University of Kentucky, withdrew from the Kentucky search before he was
named Iowa State president.
Asked why he had chosen Iowa State, he responded: "Both are fine
universities. I just think that Iowa State is a better match for my own
background and interests. As you know, I'm a scientist, and Iowa State has
great strength in sciences and technology. It's a great institution. It just
Geoffroy said he intends to visit campus a number of times between now and
July 1 as part of his process of getting to know Iowa State better.
"I have the important job of learning as much as I can about Iowa State as
quickly as possible so that when I do arrive, I'm up to speed and ready to
hit the ground running,"
Geoffroy's annual salary at Iowa State will be $275,000. In addition
to his presidential appointment, Geoffroy was appointed professor with
tenure in the department of chemistry.
Regents president Owen Newlin said the regents were impressed with
Geoffroy's experience, which included stints at two land-grant universities
and positions of professor, department head, dean, provost and acting
president. Newlin also noted Geoffroy's strong communication skills and
emphasis on academic excellence.
Geoffroy (JO-free) has been senior vice president for academic affairs and
provost at the University of Maryland since 1997. He also served as interim
president of the university in 1998. Previously, he was at Pennsylvania
State University, University Park, for 15 years. He served in several
positions at Penn State, including dean of the Eberley College of Science
and professor and chair of chemistry. He has an extensive publication record
in chemistry journals and is a member of the board of directors of the
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. He was named a fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1991.
His research interests include organometallic chemistry. He received a B.S.
in chemistry (1968) from the University of Louisville, Kentucky; and a Ph.D.
in chemistry (1974) from the California Institute of Technology,
Geoffroy will become Iowa State's 14th president. He will succeed Martin
Jischke, who became president of Purdue University in August 2000.
Distinguished professor of chemical engineering Richard Seagrave is serving
as interim president of Iowa State.
Read comments Gregory Geoffroy made during his public forums on campus Jan.