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MSU's College of Letters and Science dean finalists named

November 14, 2006 -- MSU News

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Administrators from Nevada, Missouri, Texas and Massachusetts have been named as finalists for the position of dean of the Montana State University College of Letters and Science, the university's largest college.

Linda Hyman, chairman of the committee said that the finalists will begin on-campus interviews and forums beginning next week. The position became available in June when Sara Jayne Steen, former dean, left to become the president of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

"We are very pleased with the quality of our finalist candidates," Hyman said. In addition to serving as chairman of the position's search
committee, Hyman is also MSU's vice provost of the Division of Health Sciences. "I think it speaks well of MSU and of the College of Letters and Science to have attracted the interests of these individuals."

Currently MSU physics professor and former associate dean George Tuthill is serving as interim dean of the college, which offers 45 majors, 25 minors, and more than 25 graduate degrees.

The finalists are:

Eric B. Herzik, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
University of Nevada, Reno
Herzik's public forum is set for 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in SUB 106E
Herzik's resume is posted at:, Eric B.pdf

Paula M. Lutz, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of Missouri-Rolla
Lutz's public forum is set for 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, in SUB 275
Lutz's resume is posted at: Lutz all.pdf

Brenda J. Claiborne, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Aging Research
University of Texas at San Antonio
Claiborne's public forum is set for 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, in SUB 275
Claiborne's resume is posted at: Claiborne all.pdf

Edward L. Jarroll, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Biology
Northeastern University and Director, Marine Science Center
Jarroll's public forum is set for 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 in SUB 275
Jarroll's resume is posted at:, Edward L.Dean-MSU.pdf

More information about all of the finalists is posted on the MSU Letters and Science Web site:

Linda Hyman, 994-4411,