UF Provost candidates to be interviewed this week


Published: Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 1:23 a.m.
University of Florida's search for a provost and senior vice president of academic affairs will bring six tenured professors to campus Monday and Tuesday for personal interviews.
It will be the first chance the 14-member search committee has had to interact with the finalists, a group winnowed down earlier this month from a pool of 175 on the merit of their resumes.
Those making it as finalists, including lone internal candidate Engineering Dean Pramod Khargonekar, possess strong research backgrounds whose careers, for the most part, have progressed at prestigious universities.
The candidates are:
  • George Atkinson, a professor of chemistry and optical sciences on leave from the University of Arizona while he works as senior adviser for science and technology in the U.S. Department of State and as a member of the National Intelligence Council.
  • Arthur Epstein, a physicist at Ohio State University who leads the university's magnetic laboratory.
  • Richard Hoffman is a biologist now serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Khargonekar, an electrical engineer now dean of UF's College of Engineering.
  • Cristina Gonzalez, a professor of Spanish studies now working as senior adviser to the chancellor, University of California-Davis.
  • Mark Thiemens, a chemist, is dean of the division of physical sciences at the University of California-San Diego.
    The first interview begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center on SW 34th Street. The meetings are open to faculty, staff and students.
    A complete interview schedule can be found online at www.aa.ufl.edu/provost_search/. A link for a live Web cast of all interviews will be posted on the same Web site.
    Thiemens, though not on the interview list Friday afternoon, is expected to be in the 8 a.m. time slot on Tuesday morning.
    Janine Young Sikes can be reached at (352) 337-0327 or sikesj@gvillesun.com.
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