By Tim Brouk
DEAN SEARCH UPDATE
The beginning of 2017 saw a strong
push to finding the next Frederick L.
According to the dean selection
committee led by Nobel Prize winner
Ei-ichi Negishi and Jay Akridge, the
Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture,
initial contacts with potential candidates were made in late November
and the application deadline passed
Jan. 5. Preliminary phone or Skype
interviews were held Feb. 7 and 8.
Candidates were then selected for
in-person interviews on Feb. 13. Most
of those interviews took place March
22 through mid-April.
Former dean Jeff Roberts
stepped down in July 2016. Craig
Svensson, dean of the College of
Pharmacy, immediately filled the
opening on an interim basis and led
the college through the 2016-17 academic year. Roberts served nearly
seven years as dean.
We will introduce the new dean
in the fall issue of Insights. Be sure
to check https://www.purdue.
committee/ posting.html for
Two major Purdue Science pursuits dominated 2016: the completion of a new strategic plan and
the search for the next Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science.
The strategic plan was finished in January and will serve the college through 2022. The
complete plan can be found at www.science.purdue.edu/strategic-plan.html but here
are some highlights:
The Purdue College of Science’s official mission is “to foster a diverse, inclusive, and globally
aware community of faculty, staff, students, and other partners, dedicated to advancing discovery,
learning, and engagement in the fundamental sciences, and its translations, that expand the
boundaries of knowledge, and prepare highly competent scientists and scientifically literate
The vision calls the school to advance new frontiers “in fundamental and translational
sciences with new knowledge and learning, by solving scientific and societal grand challenges,
and by expanding science awareness at-large.”
Some key characteristics of the plan include:
Distinguished faculty who conduct groundbreaking research of global impact, lead scholarship in teaching/learning, discovery/research/creative endeavors, and promote engagement/
partnerships, recognized by scientific communities, and society.
Transformational discovery with field-defining research, innovation, and invention that
advances new and emerging fundamental and translational sciences that nurture human
curiosity, expands knowledge, solves complex problems characterizing scientific and
societal grand challenges, contributes to improving quality of life, and catalyzes business
and industry development and economic prosperity.
Leadership in innovative science engagement with sharing of science knowledge and
applications toward Science Education — starting from the K-12 level to prepare future
‘STEM’ students, all the way to professional and public levels —facilitating awareness of
critical issues in science and society to inform science policy.
The plan’s goals include:
Integrated Learning — Achieve excellence in integrating
multiple learning approaches in science, with breadth and
depth of knowledge and skills at the undergraduate through
Impactful Discovery — Demonstrate leading-edge
discovery and scholarship at the frontiers of fundamental
sciences, science knowledge and learning, with worldwide
Innovative Engagement — Promote innovative public
engagement facilitating science awareness and the societal
impact of science.
The planning committee consisted of 16 major Purdue Science players — a mix of Science staff
members, professors and Elizabeth Taparowsky, Science associate dean for research and