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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Jischke named chairman of Association of American Universities

Our congratulations from PCHK to Dr Jischke!!


October 11, 2005

Jischke named chairman of Association of American Universities

Martin C. Jischke

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke has been selected as the next chairman of the Association of American Universities, an organization that represents the country's most prestigious research universities.

Jischke was elected by the association's board of directors at its annual fall membership meeting today (Tuesday, Oct. 11) at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Jischke's term will end in October 2006. During the past year, Jischke served as the association's vice chairman.

As chairman, Jischke will retain his seat on the 11-member executive committee, which is charged with general oversight and functioning of the association. The executive committee is selected by the board of directors, which is made up of the presidents of the 62 public and private research universities in this country and in Canada that are association members.

Nils Hasselmo, the association's president, said Jischke will be responsible for charting the course of the organization over the next year.

"As chairman, Dr. Jischke will have a major role in setting the agenda and influencing the direction of the association," he said. "He will have a very visible role as a leader in the university research community."

Jischke will function as one of the chief spokespeople for the association and will help represent research universities with the federal government. He also will have an international role, maintaining the relationship between the Association of American Universities and other similar groups around the world and will travel abroad to speak on behalf of the association.

For his term as chairman, Jischke listed three main priorities.

"First, we must continue to work with the various federal agencies and others to advance our nation's research agenda," he said. "I believe increasing our commitment to the discovery of new knowledge is critical to America's future. Second, I think the member universities must find ways to confront the economic and social barriers that have kept many young people of ability from accessing the vast opportunities that our institutions provide. Third, but most immediately, we must find a successor to Nils Hasselmo, who has announced his retirement as president. Dr. Hasselmo has provided outstanding leadership for AAU, and it's crucial that we identify an individual with great talent and a strong commitment to higher education to assume the presidency. I look forward to a challenging year."

Hasselmo, who will retire in February, said one of the main reasons Jischke was selected is because he has a strong reputation as a leader of two top-level research universities – Purdue and previously as president of Iowa State University.

"Martin has the full confidence of the members of the board of directors," Hasselmo said. "He is a fine leader, with fine values and high standards. I look forward to working with him in formulating policies on these issues."

The Association of American Universities was founded in 1900 to strengthen and standardize doctoral programs in the United States. The association provides a forum for the development and implementation of institutional and national policies promoting strong programs in academic research and scholarship and undergraduate, graduate and professional education.

Purdue has been a member since 1958.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Sources: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708

Nils Hasselmo, (202) 408-7500

Barry Toiv, AAU director of communications and public affairs, (202) 898-7847, barry toiv@aau.edu

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


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