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September 27, 2001
Vol. 28, No. 11



University responds to national tragedy

Fall enrollment total sets record high

University's innovative "artsreach" program builds new art, music audience

Address on the State of the University

New members of Academy of Distinguished Teachers, faculty honored

Diverse new committee to evaluate dean of students applicants

Remarks from the Memorial Ceremony

News Briefs

University student features Bandera youth in special fine arts initiative

Fine arts program invites students to attend shows, exhibits for free

Entrpreneur teams with university professors to found startup technology company

$390,000 Toyota USA grant doubles science training for K-12 teachers

Faculty Council

Dell vice president named chief financial officer at university

Ambassador credits education for success


$720,000 TIF grant awarded to university's General Libraries

Harley Clark remembers introduction of "Hook ''em Horns" spirit signal

Professors strive to shorten developmen times for engineering systems


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Diverse new committee to evaluate applicants in search for new dean of students at UT Austin

By Robert D. Meckel

The University of Texas at Austin initiated a second search initiative this summer that takes a comprehensive approach to the hiring process and ensures that a more diverse pool of candidates will be included among applicants for the position of dean of students.

The position has been vacant since Dean of Students Sharon Justice retired on Aug. 1. Tom Dison, associate vice president and director of recreational sports at the university, has been interim dean of students during the search process.
"It is the committee's charge to present the vice president for student affairs with a diverse pool of four to six highly qualified candidates. The target date to complete the committee’s task is by the end of October," said Lynne Milburn, chair of a new 13-member search committee that will be assessing candidates for the position.

The new committee is composed of seven staff members, two faculty members and four students. They include seven Caucasians, three African Americans, two Hispanics and one Asian American. By gender, the committee includes seven women and six men, Milburn said.

The new committee was formed with a renewed emphasis on producing a diverse pool of candidates. The initial dean of students search committee was disbanded last spring after some in the university community called for more minority representation among the finalists for the position.

Milburn, who is associate director of Counseling, Learning and Career Services, and coordinator of the Career Exploration Center, said the diverse new committee has been working since mid-summer to revitalize the search. Assisting the committee are two ex-officio members, Rich Burns, associate director of Human Resource Services, and Linda Millstone, director of the Equal Opportunity Employment Office.

Milburn said Vice President for Student Affairs James Vick is not involved directly with the initial recruitment and screening process but will remain the final hiring authority.

She said the approach of this second search committee differs from the first in the following ways:

  • A search firm has been retained to help deliver a greater field of candidates, including those who may not otherwise have applied. An important directive to the search firm is to tap into a more diverse pool of applicants.
  • Advertising targets have been expanded to include relevant professional associations, including minority subcommittees, Web sites and newsletters.
  • Vacancy notices and application information were provided to a number of historically Hispanic and African American colleges and universities.

Milburn said the committee will be assessing applications in the weeks ahead to produce a list of finalists for Vick to consider for the position.

For more information about the recruiting and selection process for the new dean of students, contact Lynne Milburn at: <l.milburn@mail.utexas.edu>.

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