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Kal Alston (EDUC)
Kal Alston is the Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program and an associate professor in GWS and Educational Policy Studies. She views the presidential search as vital to the future of this great institution and is honored to be considered for this appointment.

Currently Professor Alston holds an American Council on Education Fellowship to study academic leadership and the future of higher education. She is also a faculty representative to the Athletic Board. Her service on the Senate (on the Academic Freedom and Tenure committee and the Committee on Student Conduct) led to her appointment to University Senates Conference. That term and a CIC leadership fellowship year were transformative experiences in relation to providing a larger framework for understanding the complexity of the University.

Her unit(s), college(s), and other campus service and leadership have been extensive, from the search committee for the College of Education dean to the Library Allocation Steering Committee to the campus-wide Diversity Initiatives Committee. Since 1989, she has been elected to and served on both EPS and Women's Studies Advisory committees on numerous occasions and has served on the College of Education Executive Committee as well.

Her research and teaching have focused on the philosophical and cultural foundations of education and on the cultural representations of race and gender in American youth and popular culture.

James D. Anderson (EDUC)
Professor Anderson's research has been predominately in the field of African-American education. Included in his publications is his book, The Education of the South, 1860-1935, which received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Education Research Association. Professor Anderson was selected as UIUC College of Education Senior Scholar in 1990, awarded a fellowship in the Center for Advanced Study and Behavioral Science at Stanford University in 1991, and elected President of the History of Education Society in 1992.

Professor Anderson has served as member and Chair of the UIUC Athletic Board, a member of the Graduate College Executive Committee, the Chancellor's Committee to Build an Inclusive Community, the College of Education Executive Committee, and the Committee for the Admission of Student Athletes. He was also a member of the 1994 Consultative Committee to Assist in the Selection of a President.

Warwick Arden (VMED)
After an internship at the University of Sydney-Camden and time in practice in New South Wales, Australia, Dr. Arden spent seven years at the veterinary college at Michigan State University. There he completed a master's degree and a residency in large animal surgery, became board certified in veterinary surgery, and taught.

In 1990 Dr. Arden moved to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine as a senior clinical research associate in cardiothoracic and general surgery. In Kentucky he finished a PhD in physiology and biophysics, taught in the medical school as an associate professor of surgery and physiology, and served as director of the surgical research program. His research focused on mechanisms of circulatory failure in ischemia and septic shock, a topic applicable to clinical diseases of humans and animals equally.

Dr. Arden came to Illinois because of the University's excellent reputation and because he believes, with the outstanding people and facilities here, the College is poised to achieve a top standing. His job as department head, he says, is to create the infrastructure and provide the leadership to help that happen. To promote the research mission, one of his first steps will be to confer with the faculty to determine areas of "focused strengths" that will make Illinois a leader among academic veterinary medical centers. He will ensure that targeted areas have an infrastructure of equipment and facilities, key personnel from perhaps wide-ranging disciplines, and core funding.

Vernon Burton (LAS)
Vernon Burton was born in Royston, Georgia, reared in Ninety Six, S.C., graduated from Furman University, and received his Ph.D. in American History from Princeton University in 1976. He is Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Illinois and is also a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications where he is Associate Director for Humanities and Social Sciences. He is an affiliate of the Afro-American Studies and Research Program and a member of the Campus Honors Program. In addition, he is Executive Director of the College of Charleston's Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World.

Recognized for his teaching, Burton was selected nationwide as the 1999 U.S. Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year (presented by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education). This year he received the American Historical Association's Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Prize. Within the university he has won teaching awards at the department, school, college, and campus levels. He was the recipient of the 2001-2002 Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award. He was appointed an Organization of American Historian Distinguished Lecturer for 2004-07.

Burton's research and teaching interests include the American South, especially race relations, family, community, politics, religion, and the intersection of humanities and social sciences (especially humanities computing). He has served as president of the Agricultural History Society. Among his honors are fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Humanities Center, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Carnegie Foundation. He was a Pew National Fellow Carnegie Scholar for 2000-2001.

Faye M. Dong (ACES)
Dr. Faye M. Dong became Head of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition on August 1, 2002. Dr. Dong received a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. She was previously Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and a member of the core faculty of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. In the 25 years that she was a faculty member at the University of Washington, she taught courses in human nutrition, fish nutrition, and food science. Her research area was in fish nutrition and seafood safety, and she received funding from the Western Regional Aquaculture Center (USDA), the US Food and Drug Administration, and the Washington Sea Grant Program.

Robert M. Fossum (LAS)
Robert Fossum obtained his B.A. at St. Olaf College in 1959 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1965. He came to the Department of Mathematics in the University of Illinois in 1964 as an Instructor and was promoted through the ranks, becoming a Professor in 1972. Fossum has been a Fulbright Grantee at the University of Oslo, and a visiting professor at the Sorbonne in Paris. Fossum was elected to the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1994. He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000. He has been editor of several journals for the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and served as Associate Secretary and then ten years as Secretary of the Society. He was a member and chair of numerous AMS committees. He was instrumental in beginning joint mathematics meetings co-hosted by the AMS and other national mathematical societies; this year will be the 5th such meeting with the Mexican Mathematical Society and the first with the French Mathematical Society. At Illinois he has served on many departmental, college, campus, and university committees, most recently as chair of the Senate Executive Committee (2001-2003) and as a member of the University Senates Conference (2000-2003). Fossum is a Professor of Mathematics and is a Beckman Institute Affiliate. He is an affiliate of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He conducts research in algebraic geometry and within the Image Formation and Processing Group at Beckman Institute. Fossum is cuurently President of the Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and Co-chair of the Chancellor's Charitable Fund Drive.

Michael Grossman (ACES)
Michael Grossman is Professor of Genetics in Animal Sciences and of Biometrics in Statistics. His research and teaching are in population and quantitative genetics and in mathematical modeling in life sciences. He has served in the UIUC Senate (1988-93, 1997-99, 2002-04) on Educational Policy Committee (1989-91 and 1991-93, vice-chair), General University Policy Committee (1997-99, chair), Senate Executive Committee (1997-99, 2003-04), Ad-hoc Committee on Tenure Issues (1997-99), and currently as chair of the Senate Executive Committee (2003-04). He has served also in the University Senates Conference (2002-2005) as a member of Statues Committee (2002-03), and currently as a member of Executive Committee (2003-04) and as Secretary/Chair-elect (2003-04). At the campus level, he has served on the Search Committee for Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (1998) and on the Promotion and Tenure Committee (1998-2000). He has served on the College of ACES Executive Committee (1982-84; 1989-91; 1996-97, vice-chair), and was elected to serve again for 2002-04. He chaired the college's Bylaw Revision Committee from 1994-98 and again 2002-04, and served as a member from 1999-2000. He has served also as Associate Dean of the Graduate College (half-time, 1989-92), as Associate Head of Animal Sciences (1998), and as first Chair of the Executive Committee for the campus-wide Genetics Program (1992-95). He participated in the SAES/ESCOP Leadership Development Course (1992-93) for ACES.

Michael Loui (ENGR)
Michael C. Loui earned the B.S. degree at Yale University in 1975, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 and 1980. Since 1981, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a research professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory. His interests include computational complexity theory, theory of parallel and distributed computation, software reliability, and professional ethics. From 1990 to 1991, Professor Loui directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1996 to 2000, he was an associate dean of the Graduate College at Illinois, with administrative responsibility for all graduate academic programs on campus. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Information and Computation, Teaching Ethics, and Accountability in Research. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Engineering Ethics, and the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. In 1985, Professor Loui won the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award of the American Society for Engineering Education. In 2001, he was named a University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar at Illinois. In 2003, he was selected to be a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, to contribute to an emerging scholarship of teaching and learning.

Nancy P. O'Brien (LIBR)
Professor O'Brien has a long career of campus and university service at UIUC. She currently serves on the University Senates Conference and Senate Executive Committee. She has previously served as chair and member of several Senate committees including the Committee on Committees, Student Discipline, and University Student Life, and as Vice Chair of the Senate Executive Committee (2000/2001). She has been a Senator over the past 15 years (1989-1993, 1995-1999, and 2000-2004), and in 2000 she was elected by the Senate to serve on the Search Committee to Advise the President on the Selection of a Chancellor. In addition, her responsibility for education resources in the UIUC Library gives her knowledge of national trends in higher education. She is the author and editor of several books and papers and is knowledgeable of the research, service and teaching mission of the University. As a member of University Senates Conference she meets monthly with the President and knows the issues confronting all three campuses. Additional information may be found at

Professor O'Brien knows the process for searching for a major administrative position, and would bring that experience and her deep commitment to excellence for the University to the search committee.

Rolando Romero (LAS)
Prof. Romero is Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies. He teaches U.S. Latina/Latino literature through the Latina/Latino Studies Program and teaches Mexican literature and culture through the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department. He received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his Master's from the University of Texas, and his Bachelor's degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been both a Ford Foundation Fellow, and a Fulbright Senior Teaching Scholar at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. He has held teaching positions at the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, and has also taught in Mexico. Prof. Romero has been the recipient of funding from both the Rockefeller foundation, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. He has also been heavily involved in course development on this campus. Prof. Romero's research integrates Mexican culture to critical discussions in US Latino Studies.

Richard Schacht (LAS)
Richard Schacht is Professor of Philosophy and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1967, and has taught at UIUC since 1967. His campus service includes serving as Chair of the Philosophy Department (twice, 1979-91 and 2001-present); as Chair of the Council on Undergraduate Education (1987-91); on the Research Policy Committee, NCSA Advisory Board, and University of Illinois Press Board; and as Interim Dean of the College of LAS. His Senate service includes the General University Policy Committee (of which he is now Chair); Senate Council (of which he was Chair and Vice Chair) and Executive Committee; and the University Senates Conference. He has been a member of one Chancellor search committee and chair of another. He chaired the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession for six years and served on its national Board of Officers (1990-97). He is Executive Director of the North American Nietzsche Society. In 2002 he received an "Award of Merit" from the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, "For Outstanding Leadership and Achievements in the Teaching of Philosophy." He is the author or editor of eleven books, most recently Making Sense of Nietzsche and Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner's RING.

Billie Theide (FAA)
Billie Jean Theide joined the faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985. She is Professor of Art and Chair of the Metal Program in the School of Art and Design. Professor Theide is serving a third consecutive term on the UIUC Senate. From 1998 through 2000, she served as an active member of the Senate Committee on Student Discipline. Professor Theide has served on numerous College and School committees including the College of Fine and Applied Arts' Academic Disciplinary Committee, and the School of Art and Design's Graduate Committee (since 1985), Grievance Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Capricious Grading Committee, Health and Safety Committee and several faculty search committees.

Professionally, Professor Theide served a five year elected term on the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and served an elected term as President from 1994 through 1998. Professor Billie Jean Theide received an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University in 1982. Prior to joining the faculty at UIUC, she held teaching positions at Indiana University, San Diego State University, and Drake University. Professor Theide is the recipient of a 1984-85 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship and 1998-99, 1988-89 and 1992-93 Artists Fellowship Grants from the Illinois Arts Council.