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May 18, 2001

Allen will lead External Affairs for a year

by Steve Sullivan
College of Business Dean Benjamin Allen will serve as interim vice president for external affairs.

Allen's one-year appointment begins July 1. An interim dean for the College of Business will be announced soon.

Allen succeeds Murray Blackwelder, who is leaving Iowa State to take a similar position at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Iowa State's incoming president Gregory Geoffroy plans to conduct a national search for a permanent vice president for external affairs during the 2001-02 academic year.

Allen has been dean of the College of Business since 1995. His academic career includes two associations with Iowa State. From 1979 to 1990, he served in a number of positions, including professor and chair of the department of transportation and logistics. He was named a Distinguished Professor of Business in 1988.

He left Iowa State in 1990 for a year for a position at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Allen returned to Iowa State in 1991.

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