Howell to Chair Committee Searching for New Graduate School Dean

Comments sought in national search; Recommendations are expected by April 1

Physics Professor Calvin Howell will chair a committee to
search for the new dean of the Graduate School to replace the late Jo Rae
Wright, who stepped down from the position this past November.

Duke Provost Peter Lange has charged an 11-person committee
to lead the national search.  The
committee was instructed to look internally and externally for candidates and
to focus on the following qualities:

  • an intellectual leader among the faculty who can be expected to have the
    highest aspirations for the Graduate School, its programs, and the quality of
    its students,
  • an energetic and conscientious administrator
    broadly familiar with issues in higher education,
  • a strong advocate for the Graduate School and
    its teaching and research mission, in the context of the university's strategic
    commitment to internationalization and interdisciplinarity,
  • a strong proponent for a diverse faculty and
    student body,
  • an effective fund-raiser,
  • a preeminent university citizen

In addition to Howell, the director of the Triangle
Universities Nuclear Laboratory, the other members of the committee are:

, professor
of economics and Duke Population Research Institute; William (Bill) E. Hunt, president & CEO Elmhurst
Group and chair of the Graduate School Board of Visitors; Nan Jokerst, J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering; Chris Kontos, associate professor of
pharmacology and cancer biology;

, professor of
biochemistry and chemistry; Tom
, Fred W.
Schaffer Professor of History; Mike Ward, professor and graduate studies
director of political science and Director of Graduate Studies, William (Bill) R. Hunt, graduate student in English and
Vice President of the GPSC; and two ex-officio members, the Vice President for
Institutional Equity Benjamin Reese
and the Vice Provost for Research Jim Siedow.

Lange requested that the committee submit recommendations
to President Richard H. Brodhead and himself by April 1.  In the interim,
David Bell, the former senior associate dean for academic affairs will serve as
the Graduate School dean.

The committee is
soliciting nominations and applications from members of the Duke
community.  Applications received by Feb.
15 will be considered.  Nominations
should include a brief description of the relevant qualifications and
experience the recommended person would bring to the position. 

should submit a curriculum vitae/resume and a letter of interest.   Initial correspondence should be sent
electronically to Gwendolyn Purnell at, Office of the
Provost, Duke University.  Emails should
include in the subject line: "Graduate School Dean Search."  Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF files are the
preferred format for attachments.