Gregory L. Geoffroy, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Maryland, College Park, was named the 14th president of Iowa State University last night.
Geoffroy accepted the $275,000 position, taking himself out of the running for the presidency of the University of Kentucky, where he was also a finalist. He is scheduled to start the new job July 1.
"I feel great for him," said UMCP President C.D. "Dan" Mote Jr. "It's actually great for Iowa State. He is very well-prepared for the job."
Last night, Geoffroy was at Iowa State, which is in Ames, and could not be reached for comment. The university's board reached its decision in Des Moines.
From July 1998 through September 1998, Geoffroy served as interim president at College Park while a search was conducted to fill the top spot. The Hawaiian-born chemist came to College Park in 1997 from Pennsylvania State University, where he joined the faculty in 1974 and served as dean of the Eberley College of Science and professor and chairman of chemistry.
He has an extensive publication record in chemistry journals and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.
"Of course, we're sorry to lose him," Mote added. "But if no one is coming after your people, then you've got a big problem."