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Northern Today Extra - November 24, 2009

Pius Egbelu, Lisa Freeman and Jonathan TubmanOpen forums scheduled for trio of hopefuls
for vice president for research, grad studies

Three finalists for the vice presidency for research and graduate studies will visit campus in the next two weeks for interviews and open forums.

As the senior academic officer for graduate programming, academic research and artistry, the vice president for research and graduate studies oversees the operation of the Graduate School, the Office of Sponsored Projects, the Technology Commercialization Office, the Office of Research Compliance, the Center for Burma Studies and the NIU Press.

The successful candidate understands NIUís research capabilities and opportunities and will use that understanding to strategically advance the universityís research mission. Total external awards to NIU faculty for research, training, public service and artistic endeavors exceeded $34 million in the most recent fiscal year. Here is the schedule of open forums, which begin Monday, Nov. 30:

Pius Egbelu
Professor, Industrial Engineering
Louisiana State University

  • Open forum with faculty, Supportive Professional Staff, Operating Staff and students:
    Monday, Nov. 30, 3:05 to 3:50 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Lisa Freeman
Associate Vice President for Innovation
Kansas State University-Olathe

  • Open forum with faculty:
    Monday, Dec. 7, 3:05 to 3:50 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

  • Open forum with SPS, Operating Staff and students:
    Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1:10 to 1:50 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Dr. Jonathan Tubman
Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Compliance
Associate Dean, University Graduate School
Florida International University

  • Open forum with faculty:
    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 3:05 to 3:50 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

  • Open forum with SPS, Operating Staff and students:
    Thursday, Dec. 10, 1:10 - 1:50 p.m., Altgeld Hall (room TBD)

For more information, including candidate vitas, visit