Vice president for research finalists to visit UGA campus

(Amended June 3, 2005)

Athens, Ga. – Three finalists for the position of vice president for research and associate provost at the University of Georgia will visit campus in May and June to meet with university administrators and faculty and staff in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

A 19-member search committee, chaired by Alan Darvill, codirector of UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, conducted a national search for the position. Gordhan Patel, who has been UGA’s vice president for research and associate provost since 2001, will retire in September 2005, after nearly 38 years at the university.

“The search committee evaluated a very impressive group of applicants and has chosen four outstanding candidates to visit the University of Georgia campus,” said Darvill. “We look forward to having them here.”

The finalists are:
* Da Hsuan (Victor) Feng, vice president for research and graduate education and professor of physics at the University of Texas at Dallas;
* David Lee, chair of the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and program leader of UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center;
* Lawrence Krauss, chair of the physics department and Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University, where he is also director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics and professor of astronomy.

Each candidate will address an open meeting with UGA faculty. All meetings will be from 3-4:30 p.m. in room 214 of the Student Learning Center. The schedule for the candidates is:

Monday, May 23 — Feng (completed)
Tuesday, May 31 — Lee (completed)
Monday, June 27 — Krauss

The University of Georgia is considered among the nation’s top public research universities. External funding for research at UGA rose to a record $159.9 million in the 2004 fiscal year.

Note: A fourth finalist withdrew to accept a position at another institution.