March 7, 2005

ILR Brings Dean Search to Three

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The search committee for a new dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations has narrowed its pursuit down to three candidates.

The committee undertaking the search announced the three remaining candidates through their website last Wednesday and additionally e-mailed ILR students with an update.

The search began when present dean, Edward J. Lawler, announced in May 2004 his intention to return to the classroom this upcoming June.

The three finalists are Harry C. Katz, who serves as the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining here on The Hill, Samuel Estreicher ’74, Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law, NYU and Jan Svejnar ’74, Everett E. Berg Professor of Business Administration, the University of Michigan.

The finalists will all be brought separately to campus for tours and a final round of interviews. Katz will interview first, on March 8 and 9, Estreicher will come March 14 and 15 and Svejnar will conclude the process on March 16 and 17.

According to a press release signed by Provost Biddy Martin, each interviewee will give a presentation to faculty and guests on the first day of their interview and a tape will be available of this presentation for those unable to attend.

The committee is made up of six faculty members, an additional faculty member from outside the school, an academic dean and an alumnus.

All Sun inquiries to the committee, whose co-chairs are Martin and Vice Provost John Siliciano ’75, were referred to Michael Matier, manager for the school of Industrial and Labor Relations dean search.

He stated that the confidentiality agreement, which the committee is bound by, creates “some limits around just how much can be discussed.”

Matier added that the committee has made a practice of using their various “websites as a means of communicating about the progress of the searches and to share relevant information”.

Jay Jendrewski ’05, president of the ILR student government organization said, “based on preliminary research, we have three outstanding candidates to look at over the next three weeks.”

He and other students are looking forward to taking “an active role” in the process by giving feedback to the search committee.

According to Jendrewski, students have been involved in the process from the beginning by helping to define the qualities and characteristics that students look for in a dean.

“While I am looking forward to meeting these new candidates, I am sad that we will lose a good friend and dean in Ed Lawler, who has done a fantastic job as dean of our school,” Jendrewski said. “But I am excited that he will remain here at Cornell.”

Lawler came to Ithaca from the University of Iowa, where he taught for 22 years. He has authored or edited 15 books. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Long Beach and then received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Archived article by Michael Margolis
Sun Senior Writer