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New Arts and Sciences Dean Announced

David C. Manderscheid, currently Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has accepted Ohio State’s offer to serve as Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Mathematics. Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Manderscheid’s appointment takes effect July 1, 2013.

Current Arts and Sciences Executive Dean and Vice Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz, named Ohio State’s Executive Vice President and Provost by President E. Gordon Gee, will assume that position, July 1. For the past four years, Steinmetz has worked tirelessly to unify and harness the powerful potential of the former five arts and sciences colleges, creating one of the nation’s preeminent Colleges of Arts and Sciences.

Joseph A. Alutto, Executive Vice President and Provost said, “Manderscheid has served as the chief academic officer of arts and sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) since 2007. His leadership has included a focus on promoting interdisciplinary research, improving undergraduate education, and increasing diversity, and currently is a Co-PI on an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award. We are excited that he brings this experience to our own ADVANCE program, the goal of which is to increase the representation and advancement of women in STEM disciplines.”

Manderscheid’s work in representation theory with applications to number theory has been widely published; he has been the Principal Investigator on numerous grants from the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the National Security Agency. Additionally, he has won several teaching awards.

He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and formerly chaired the American Mathematical Society Science Policy Committee. Currently, he serves on the Mathematical Association of America Committee on the Undergraduate Program and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Diversity Committee.

Manderscheid began his academic career at the University of Iowa where he became professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics. He has taught or held visiting positions at the University of Utah, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, and the University of Paris.

He earned a BA in mathematics at Michigan State University and PhD in mathematics from Yale University.

He will be joined by his spouse, Dr. Susan C. Lawrence, who will have an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of History.

“The position of Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University is a thrilling and challenging job, and I am looking forward to building on the great reputation of this large and diverse college,” Manderscheid said.

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