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Search for U of M College of Liberal Arts dean underway

October 23, 2013

University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson announced Tuesday that the search for the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts is well underway, with preliminary interviews concluded and candidate public forums scheduled for the coming weeks.

Over the past month, the search committee reviewed the applicant pool, conducted confidential interviews of selected candidates and recommended to Provost Hanson individuals to invite to public interviews.

"I am encouraged by the very high quality of the candidates for the deanship," Hanson said. "These public interviews help the University community get additional information about the candidates' qualifications, vision, and fit with the University of Minnesota, and also help us to think together about the key strengths and the most promising future opportunities for CLA."

Public interviews will be held from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29; Thursday, Nov. 7; Tuesday, Nov. 12; Thursday, Nov. 14; and Thursday, Nov. 21. Locations of interviews are as follows: Oct. 29 and Nov. 12, 310 Anderson Hall (West Bank); Nov. 7, 14 and 21, 402 Walter Library (East Bank).

During each interview, candidates will participate in a public forum called "A Vision for the Liberal Arts in a Land Grant Public Research University." Following the public forums, traditional interviews for each candidate will take place with select University stakeholder groups.

Candidate names and vitae will be posted the day before their campus visit on the CLA Dean Search website at:

Twin Cities Campus: