Three finalists have been named in the search for Iowa State's senior vice president and provost. They are:
- David Manderscheid, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- Carlo Montemagno, founding dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati
- Jonathan Wickert, dean of the College of Engineering
"We're pleased to have this set of accomplished finalists for this important leadership position at Iowa State," said Wendy Wintersteen, chair of the search committee and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "We look forward to their upcoming visits to campus and encourage faculty, staff, students and members of the public to attend the open forums and provide comments on the finalists."
Manderscheid will be on campus April 23-25; Montemagno, April 26-28; and Wickert, April 22-24. Each will meet with members of the university community and participate in an open forum. The forum schedule is:
- Wickert, Monday, April 23, 10:30 a.m., MU Pioneer Room
- Manderscheid, Tuesday, April 24, 1:30 p.m., MU Pioneer Room
- Montemagno, Friday, April 27, 10:45 a.m., MU Gallery
Those who wish to comment on finalists should submit an online evaluation by noon on Monday, April 30. The online evaluation form will be available on the senior vice president and provost search site. For those who cannot attend the forums, a video of each finalist will be posted to the search site shortly after each forum.
About the finalists
David Manderscheid has served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of mathematics at the University of Nebraska since 2007. Prior to his current position, he was professor and chair of the department of mathematics at the University of Iowa for six years. He served as associate chair and director of the graduate program for the math department at the University of Iowa from 1997 to 2001. He began on the Iowa faculty in 1985 as a visiting assistant professor and National Science Foundation mathematical sciences postdoctoral fellow. Manderscheid also has worked as an instructor at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Manderscheid earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics (1976) at Michigan State University, East Lansing, and a doctorate in mathematics (1981) from Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Carlo Montemagno was named the founding dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Engineering from 2006 to 2010 and dean of the College of Applied Science from 2009 to 2010. (The two colleges were integrated in 2010 as the College of Engineering and Applied Science.) Montemagno also is the Geier Professor of Engineering Education and a professor of bioengineering.
He was a faculty member, department chair and a center and institute administrator at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 2001 to 2006. He was on the Cornell University faculty for six years, and has worked in several positions for the Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy.
Montemagno earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural and biological engineering (1980) from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; a master's degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering (1990) from Pennsylvania State University, University Park; and a doctorate in civil engineering and geological sciences (1995) from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
Jonathan Wickert has served as dean of the College of Engineering since 2009. He is the James and Katherine Melsa Professor of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering. He came to Iowa State in 2007 as chair of the department of mechanical engineering and the Larry and Pam Pithan Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Previously, he served 17 years on the faculty in the mechanical engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
Wickert earned bachelor's (1985) and master's (1987) degrees and a doctorate (1989), all in mechanical engineering, at the University of California, Berkeley.
In February, executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman announced she would step down from her post by the end of the calendar year and advised president Steven Leath to begin a search for her successor.