March 24, 2011

Search begins for next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

by Diana Pounds

The search is under way for the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman identified a 20-member search committee to seek a successor to LAS dean Michael Whiteford, who will retire on June 30.

Search committee co-chairs are Jonathan Wickert, dean of the College of Engineering, and David Holger, associate provost for academic programs and dean of the Graduate College. The committee will begin its work next week and anticipates a new dean will be named by the end of fall semester 2011 and on the job no later than July 2012.

Starting this July 1, David Oliver, professor of genetics, development, and cell biology and associate dean of LAS, will serve as interim dean.

Nominations for the LAS post may be submitted to provost Hoffman,, or co-chairs Wickert,, and Holger, holger@iastate.ed.

Search committee

Members of the LAS dean search committee are:

  • Jonathan Wickert, committee co-chair and dean of the College of Engineering
  • David Holger, committee co-chair and associate provost for academic programs and dean of the Graduate College
  • James Andrews, professor, history
  • Sawyer Baker, sophomore, political science
  • Dennis Banasiak, LAS Advisory Council member
  • Diane Birt, Distinguished Professor, food science and human nutrition
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Distinguished Professor, statistics
  • Barbara Ching, professor and chair, English
  • Art Croyle, associate professor, art and design
  • Veronica Dark, professor, psychology
  • Bill David, University Professor, music
  • Wyndolyn Ludwikowski, a graduate student in psychology
  • Malika Jeffries-El, assistant professor, chemistry
  • Eric Northway, senior lecturer, philosophy and religious studies
  • Emily Olson, academic adviser, LAS
  • David Peterson, associate professor, political science
  • Loreto Prieto, professor, psychology and U.S. Latino/a Studies
  • Kay Runge, past LAS Advisory Council member
  • Rob Wallace, associate professor, ecology, evolution and organismal biology
  • Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences