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Provost Position Finalists Visit UWRF

FEB. 23, 2009--Finalists for the position of provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will be on campus the first week in March for a series of interviews, campus tours and public meetings.

Finalist Karen Palmer McLean, acting dean of the College of Science and Health at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, will be on campus Monday, March 2. A public meeting for members of the University and surrounding community is from 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater of the University Center on campus.

McLean has been at UW-La Crosse for the past 21 years, including 10 as an administrator in the College of Science and Health. She began her career as an instructional academic staff member and helped established a Doctor of Physical Therapy joint program at UW-LC with UW-Milwaukee, a collaborative nursing program at UW-Madison and other master's degrees at UW-La Crosse.

She holds a Ph.D. in exercise science from Arizona State University, an M.A. in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation from UW-La Crosse and a B.S. in physical therapy from UW-Madison. She has numerous academic and professional journal articles in her field, and has facilitated administrative reorganizations in her college and oversaw a design of the clinical microbiology graduate program.

Finalist Fernando Delgado, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Hamline University, will visit campus on Wednesday, March 4, with a public meeting for the campus and community from 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater of the University Center.

Prior to joining Hamline University, Delgado has held positions as dean in the College of Graduate Studies and Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato and associate vice provost of academic programs at Arizona State University. In his current position he is responsible for intercollegiate athletics, including nine men's sports and 10 women's sports in Division III, undergraduate admissions, career development center, center for academic services, off-campus and study abroad office.

Delgado is the author of 18 refereed journals articles, numerous other articles and has two book manuscripts in preparation for publication, “Fidel Castro and the Construction of a Revolutionary Ideology” and “Kicking Around: Soccer America and the Persistence of a Soccer Culture.” He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in communications studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in political science from San José State University.  

For more information, visit or contact Marshall Toman, chair of the UWRF provost search and screen committee, at 715-425-3537.


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