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Release: April 30, 2002

John Keller named Dean of UI Graduate College

John C. Keller, who has served as interim dean of the University of Iowa Graduate College for nearly two years, has been named dean and associate provost for graduate education, effective immediately. A search committee, led by Susan Birrell, chair of the Department of Health, Leisure, and Sport Studies, unanimously recommended Keller to Provost Jon Whitmore after an internal search.

Whitmore said he was pleased to accept the committee's recommendation and was confident that the college would continue to benefit from Keller's strong leadership.

"John Keller's outstanding professional record of teaching, research and service makes him an excellent candidate for the dean's position and we are very fortunate to have him," Whitmore said. "I am confident he will continue to be an articulate and effective spokesman and advocate for graduate education, and that he will continue the tradition of excellent service to students, faculty and departments that has been a hallmark of the Graduate College."

Keller joined the UI College of Dentistry faculty in 1988 and was promoted to full professor in 1991. He holds appointments in oral and maxillofacial surgery and with the Dows Institute for Dental Research. He also holds appointments as a professor of biomedical engineering at the UI and as a collaborating professor in veterinary medicine and engineering at Iowa State University. He was appointed associate dean of the Graduate College in 1998 and has served as interim dean since June 2000. His annual salary as dean will be $165,000.

Under his leadership, the college gave the first annual Outstanding Mentor Awards in Biological and Life Sciences and in Fine Arts and Humanities last fall. This fall, awards will be given in the Social Sciences and in Engineering and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences and awards will be presented in each of the categories in alternate years.

Keller said he would continue his efforts on collegiate priorities such as the establishment of graduate fellowships and scholarships, recognition of outstanding faculty mentoring, and a Graduate Education and Research Center to assist in the delivery of professional development opportunities.

In 1999 Keller was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was president of the American Association for Dental Research in 1997-98. In 1989 Keller was awarded a National Institute of Dental Research Career Development Award. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in biological materials from Northwestern University.