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Release: Dec. 19, 2002

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Illinois provost to interview Friday for UI presidency

Richard H. Herman, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will interview for the position of University of Iowa president on Friday, Dec. 20. Herman will meet with faculty, staff, students, and community leaders, and he will participate in a 4 p.m. symposium on "The Future of Public Higher Education" in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The symposium is open to the public.

Herman, age 61, has been the chief academic and budget officer for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1998. He oversees an annual budget of $1.1 billion, 16 instructional units, including 12 colleges, two schools and two institutes; a faculty of nearly 2,000, and 38,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. He also supervises units such as Admissions and Records, Continuing Education and Public Service, the Campus Honors Program, the Office of Instructional Resources, the Library, the Division of Management Information, and International Programs and Studies.

Before joining the University of Illinois, Herman served as dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1990 to 1998, and as chair of the Department of Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University from 1986 to 1990.

His science and education policy experience includes four years' service on the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, including two years as its chair, and six years as chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics. In these and similar roles, Herman has addressed the need for better positioning of the sciences in a changing society.

Herman's administrative career has been marked by a commitment to excellence and to diversity. Under his leadership as department chair and as dean, academic units enhanced their educational and research strength and drew faculty and students from a broad pool. In addition, he has emphasized multi-disciplinary research and new alliances, including government-university-industry partnerships, to create opportunities for progress in basic and applied research.

A mathematician who has concentrated on mathematical physics and operator algebras, Herman has over 40 scientific publications. He has received research support from the National Science Foundation, NATO, and NDEA.

He received a bachelor's degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1963. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland (1967) and has served on the faculties of the University of California at Los Angeles (1968-72), the Pennsylvania State University (1972-1990), and the University of Maryland at College Park (1990-1998).

He has been a visiting faculty member and fellow at the University of Marseilles and Princeton University, and has traveled throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi honorary societies and the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship.

His community service includes his current membership on the board of directors of the United Way of Champaign County and the Carle Foundation Hospital.

Herman and his wife, Susan, have three children.