Three Candidates for Dean of Graduate School Visit Colorado State University (Number 2)

The campus community is invited to meet candidates for dean of the Graduate School at Colorado State University and ask questions and discuss topics of interest at separate open forums.

Four candidates will visit in June and July to interview for the position. The candidates are Wayne Powell, dean of the Graduate College at Oklahoma State University; Robin Fisher, associate dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California-Los Angeles; John Gold, professor of genetics and wildlife and fisheries sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University; and James Fry, vice president for Graduate Studies, Research and Economic Development and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Toledo.

The open forum for Powell will be 3-5 p.m. June 21 in Room 224-226 Lory Student Center.

Powell, who served as associate dean of the Graduate College at OSU from 1992-1997, earned a master’s in mathematics at Texas A&M University in 1973 and a doctorate in mathematics at Tulane University in 1978.

As dean of the Graduate College at OSU, he is chief administrator for more than 4,600 students in the graduate program and has been successful in increasing graduate enrollments. During his 19-year tenure at OSU, Powell has chaired the College Curriculum Committee, Scholarly Excellence Committee, Mentoring Committee, TA Training Committee, Management Board of the Student Union Hotel and several committees to design new academic programs.

Powell also is director and co-founder of the Oklahoma Principals’ Science Scholars, a coalition dedicated to enhancing opportunities for minority high school students interested in science and mathematics.

Fisher’s open forum will run 3-5 p.m. June 24 in the Virginia Dale Room of the Lory Student Center.

Fisher has been professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and neurobiology at UCLA’s School of Medicine since 1994. His research specialties include neuroanatomy, anatomy and development. As an academic administrator, Fisher supervises graduate and postdoctoral support, special fellowships and graduate admissions.

He has published 63 journal articles since 1997 and is the responsible university official/principal investigator of more than $5 million in extramural fellowships, contracts and grants for graduate and postdoctoral training.

He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from Ohio University and received his doctorate in physiological psychology from Ohio University in 1979.

An open forum for Gold will be 3-5 p.m. June 28 in Room 224-226 Lory Student Center.

Gold received his doctorate in genetics from the University of California-Davis in 1973.

He developed the Intercollegiate Program in Genetics at Texas A&M with the cooperation of 16 departments and helped establish a precedent for interdisciplinary graduate programs (6) at Texas A&M. He was program director for the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation in 1996 and 1997.

Since 1996, he has been or is now a member of six National Science Foundation advisory panels including the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program, Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biosciences (Division of Biological Infrastructure), and Minority Postdoctoral Fellowships (Division of Biological Infrastructure). He is the only person at Texas A&M to have received all four university-level awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Fry will visit campus for an open forum 3-5 p.m. July 1 in Room 224-226 Lory Student Center.

During his 30 years as a faculty member at the University of Toledo, Fry helped establish a doctoral program in chemistry and was associate chairman and chairman of the department of chemistry from 1984-94. In addition to his active research in organic chemistry, he has taught chemistry classes to students from first-year to graduate levels. He was appointed special assistant to the president of the University of Toledo in January.

Fry received his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1967 from Michigan State University and was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow for two years at Princeton University. He was visiting scholar to the Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc in France from 1982-83.

He is a member of several boards and committees, including the Ohio Board of Regents, Center for Manufacturing Excellence, Council of Graduate Schools and Ohio Aerospace Institute.

Full curricula vitae for the candidates may be obtained by contacting Georgeann Venis at 491-6974 or