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Mark Nielsen Appointed Interim Dean of the College of Science

August 10, 2016

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is pleased to announce that Mark Nielsen has been named as interim dean of the College of Science.

Interim Dean Nielsen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Brigham Young University (1984 and 1985 respectively), and his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Washington in 1990. He joined the University of Idaho as an assistant professor in 1990 and worked up the ranks, receiving the rank of professor of mathematics in 2003. Mark was appointed associate dean in the College of Science in 2007, and has served in that leadership position for the last nine years. Mark will serve in this role until a permanent dean is identified via a national search.

The national search for a permanent dean will be conducted in transparent and open fashion, consistent with past practice and tradition of the University of Idaho. Dean Michael Parrella of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will serve the search committee chair. The search committee will be formed in the coming weeks with the intent of completing the search process in a timely way so that we will have a new dean on campus no later than fall 2017. We will be utilizing a national search firm to assist us in developing a diverse and competitive candidate pool.

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