|Search committee appointed for vice president for research|
President Charles Kupchella has announced the formation of a committee to conduct a national search for a permanent vice president for research. The committee will be chaired by H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Kupchella has asked the group to search for and screen potential candidates both internally and nationally, and to provide him with the names of three to five unranked, acceptable candidates. He said he expects the committee to complete its work in time for him to select an individual for the job by July 1. Kupchella said others may be added, but at this point those appointed to the search committee include: H. David Wilson; Alice Brekke, budget director; Sharon Carson, associate professor of English; Gerald Combs, director of the Human Nutrition Research Center; Bob Gallager, vice president for finance and operations; Gerald Groenewold, director of the Energy & Environmental Research Center; Kristin Hillman, graduate student; Mark Hoffmann, professor and chair of Chemistry; Gary Johnson, office of the vice president for research; Steven Light, associate professor of Political Science and Public Administration; Jim Melland, general manager of Surefoot Corporation; Jim Petell, director of the office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization; Kathryn Rand, associate dean and associate professor of the School of Law; George Seielstad, director of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment; Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries; Klaus Thiessen, president/CEO of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation; Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health; and Kara Wettersten, associate professor and co-chair of Counseling.