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June 13, 2003

FCS dean search begins

by Kevin Brown
The search for the next College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) dean is under way. The 19-member committee is headed by Dr. Norman Cheville, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and a Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Medicine.

The successful candidate will succeed Carol Meeks, who will step down June 30 after six years. Meeks will serve as director of ISU's Center for Family Policy. Pam White, University Professor of food science and human nutrition, earlier was named interim dean, effective July 1.

Cheville said the committee will begin reviewing applications Sept. 5. Finalist candidates likely will visit campus in late October or early November. The new dean is expected to be in place by July 1, 2004.

Besides Cheville, the search committee includes two other distinguished professors: Don Beitz, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, and Mary Littrell, Mary B. Welch Distinguished Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Other FCS committee members are Diane Birt, professor and chair of the department of food science and human nutrition; JaneAnn Stout, associate dean and director of Extension to Families; Lee Alekel, associate professor of food science and human nutrition; Sedahlia Crase, professor of human development and family studies; Dan Russell, professor of human development and family studies; Aubrey Mendonca, assistant professor of food science and human nutrition; Jean Parsons, assistant professor of textiles and clothing; Lisa Enloe, practicum placement coordinator for human development and family studies; Carolyn Clawson, graduate assistant in human development and family studies; and Brian Wicks, undergraduate student.

Committee members from other areas of the university are Virginia Blackburn, associate professor of management; Ramon Gonzalez, assistant professor of chemical engineering and food science and human nutrition; Alicia Carriquiry, associate provost; and Ruth Birch, secretary in the Provost Office.

Committee members from the community at-large are Julie Rosin, curriculum administrator for the Des Moines school district, and Bill Scott, general manager of the Des Moines Marriott.

Information on the search is at

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