Purdue News

June 30, 2005

Purdue trustees approve new vice provost, honor 4 professors

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Thursday, June 30) named a new vice provost for academic affairs and approved the appointments of three designated professorships and a designated department head position.

The board also approved two new degree programs, a department name change, a posthumous degree and Matt Painter's previously announced appointment as men's head basketball coach. A new vice chancellor at Purdue Calumet also was confirmed.

Christine M. Ladisch

Associate Provost Christine M. Ladisch, who has been a Purdue faculty member since 1979, was named vice provost for academic affairs, effective Friday (July 1).

"Dr. Ladisch has been a tremendous asset in helping us evaluate our academic programs, which has prepared her well to now manage them," said Provost Sally Mason. "Her previous work for us with state officials in higher education is the perfect background for her new role."

Ladisch succeeds Margaret M. Rowe, who had been in the post since 2001 and will return to the Department of English faculty in January after a fall semester sabbatical. Ladisch will retain her academic appointment as professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing.

In addition to planning, managing and reviewing all Purdue academic programs, the Office of the Provost administers a variety of initiatives aimed at continual improvement of Purdue's academics.

Ladisch was named associate provost in 2001. In that capacity, she was the academic liaison to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, led various faculty development programs, and assisted with developing and revising academic policies.

She earned master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue in textile science in 1975 and 1978, respectively, and a bachelor's degree in education from Indiana State University in 1973. From 1993-99, Ladisch served as associate dean in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences and was head of the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing from 1999-2001.

As a professor in consumer sciences and retailing, Ladisch taught courses in textile science. Her research interests include biotechnology applications for textile products, and her work had been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. departments of Energy and Agriculture.

Ladisch has received several departmental, college and university awards for teaching excellence, including the Mary L. Matthews Teaching Award in 1981 and 1992 and the Amoco Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1984. She is a charter member of the Purdue Teaching Academy and in 1999 was inducted into Purdue's Book of Great Teachers, which honors outstanding teaching faculty. Ladisch received the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue's College of Consumer and Family Sciences.

The board also approved the appointments of the following distinguished professors: Jean Chmielewski as the Alice Watson Kramer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Daniel W. Halpin as the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Head of Construction Engineering and Management; P. Michael Hasegawa as Distinguished Professor of Horticulture; and Leroy B. Schwarz as the Louis A. Weil Jr. Professor of Management.

Designated professorships honor individuals whose achievements in scholarship or research have been internationally recognized or who have made a unique contribution to the university through scholarship, research, teaching or leadership functions. Purdue now has 111 designated professors.

Jean Chmielewski

Chmielewski, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been on the Purdue faculty since 1990. She was a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley from 1988-90 and at Rockefeller University in New York City in 1988.

In 1983 she received her bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Chmielewski earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1988.

Her main area of research is in bio-organic chemistry and chemical biology, with a major focus on the disassembly of proteins involved in AIDS and cancer. Additionally, her research projects probe the molecular origins of life and the targeting of drugs to disease sites in the body.

Chmielewski received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator award in 1994. She was appointed an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in 1996 and won the American Chemical Society Cope Scholar Award in 2003. She has been a University Faculty Scholar since 2000, when she also received the Arthur E. Kelly Award for Excellence in Teaching at Purdue.

Daniel W. Halpin

Halpin has been head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management since 1987 and also is a professor in the School of Civil Engineering. He came to Purdue after faculty positions at the University of Maryland in College Park and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Halpin graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1961 with a bachelor's degree and served as engineer in charge of troop-training area construction in Europe for the U.S. Army. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois in 1969 and 1973, respectively. In 2003 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Construction.

Halpin is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the use of simulations in studying construction processes. The Huber Research Prize cites him for his "use of simulation and gaming techniques in the modeling and management of construction processes."

P. Michael Hasegawa

Hasegawa, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, has been on the Purdue faculty since 1977. His main area of research interest is plant environmental stress physiology. His work includes the exploration of molecular genetic determinants of abiotic and biotic stress tolerance of plants and agricultural biotechnology.

Hasegawa earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Riverside in 1970, 1972 and 1976, respectively. Awards from the American Society for Horticultural Science include the National Canners Association Award in 1974, the Wilson J. Popenoe Award in 1980 and the Alex Laurie Award in 1983. Since 2001 he has been named a highly cited researcher in plant and animal science every year by the Institute for Scientific Information.

He teaches a course in plant cell and tissue culture and has taught courses in plant physiology and plant environmental stress physiology. His work has been published widely in plant biology journals.

Schwarz has been a faculty member at the Krannert School of Management since 1977. Prior to coming to Purdue, he was on the faculty at the University of Rochester, Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago.

He earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago in 1963, 1967 and 1971, respectively.

Leroy B. Schwarz

Schwarz was founding director of Purdue's Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises in 1987 and served as director until 1990. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, published by INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. His research interests include supply-chain management, manufacturing planning and control systems, and secure supply-chain collaboration. He also teaches operations management.

Schwarz is a fellow of APICS, the Association for Operations Management. He also has received Distinguished Service Awards from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences as well as from the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society.

Trustees also approved the appointment of James K. (Ken) Johnston as vice chancellor of administrative services at Purdue Calumet. Johnston, who was vice president for financial affairs and treasurer at Eastern Kentucky University and also vice chancellor for finance at Auburn University Montgomery, will serve as Calumet's chief business officer.

In other business, the board approved:

• A master's degree in technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

• A bachelor's degree in interior design at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne.

• A name change for a department in the College of Technology at the West Lafayette campus. The Department of Computer Technology is now the Department of Computer and Information Technology.

• A posthumous bachelor of arts degree for Shane Matthew Partin, of Mooreland, Ind. Partin died in February.

The degree programs are subject to approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Sources: Sally Mason, (765) 494-9709, sfmason@purdue.edu

Christine Ladisch, (765) 494-6970, ladischc@purdue.edu

Jean Chmielewski, (765) 494-0135, chml@purdue.edu

Daniel Halpin, (765) 494-2244, halpin@purdue.edu

P. Michael Hasegawa, (765) 494-1315, paul.m.hasegawa.1@purdue.edu

Leroy Schwarz, (765) 494-4510, lschwarz@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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