Indiana University Bloomington has appointed Rick Van Kooten, IU Bloomington's vice provost for research, as executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences starting July 1. Van Kooten is a physicist and has served as chair of the Department of Physics before becoming vice provost. 

"Rick Van Kooten will bring a wealth of academic and administrative experience to the position of executive dean of the College," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "As a senior administrator, he has overseen a number of major strategic initiatives that have advanced the quality and impact of the university's research enterprise. He is also an outstanding physicist who has developed a reputation among his colleagues here at IU and around the world as a highly knowledgeable, respected and effective collaborator."

He joined the IU Bloomington faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics. Van Kooten has authored, or co-authored, more than 750 publications in physics, most in particle physics. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and a master's degree from Stanford University.