IUPUI has launched a search committee to find the next IU School of Liberal Arts dean. The university is seeking a successor to Bill Blomquist, who is stepping down this summer. IUPUI names committee members for IU School of Liberal Arts dean search

December 11, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Charles R. Bantz has announced the names of 12 people who will serve on a committee conducting a national search for the next dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts.

Dean Bill Blomquist recently announced he was stepping down effective summer 2015 to return to regular faculty duties and to pursue projects at IUPUI that align with his research interests concerning water resources management and policy.

Michael Patchner, dean of the IU School of Social Work at IUPUI, will lead the search committee. Additional committee members are:

Enrica J. Ardemagni, professor of Spanish and director of Graduate Studies and Certificate in Translation Studies Program, IU School of Liberal Arts

Simon J. Atkinson, Chancellor’s Professor and biology chair, Purdue School of Science at IUPUI

Willis K. Bright, president, Bright Visions Inc.

Nicole D. Collins, assistant director of student records, IU School of Liberal Arts

Aaron S. Deason, research assistant, IU School of Liberal Arts

Catherine A. Dobris, director of women’s studies and associate professor of communication studies, IU School of Liberal Arts

Amanda J. Friesen, assistant professor of political science and faculty research fellow, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, IU School of Liberal Arts

Ch. Didier Gondola, professor and history chair, IU School of Liberal Arts

Richard B. Gunderman, Chancellor’s Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Philanthropy, Liberal Arts and Medical Humanities and Health Studies, IU School of Medicine

Mohammad L. Kaviani, director of IUPUI Center for Economic Education, and senior lecturer, IU School of Liberal Arts

Elizabeth Valencia-Gutierrez, president, Liberal Arts Student Council, IU School of Liberal Art

“We are deeply committed to securing a highly qualified and diverse applicant pool for this key leadership position,” Bantz said.

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