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Capaldi, other notable hires bring expertise to ASU community

December 27, 2006

Elizabeth D. Capaldi, vice chancellor and chief of staff for the State University of New York (SUNY) system, was named university provost and executive vice president at ASU.

She succeeded Milt Glick, who left ASU to become president of the University of Nevada in Reno.

Capaldi assumed her new post in August.

As ASU's chief academic officer, Capaldi provides leadership to all of the university's campuses and academic programs, fostering excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. She guides the university's mission in providing educational excellence and access, and will direct the university's efforts in strategic redesign of its academic mission to achieve the vision of the New American University. She also represents the university to external agencies and constituencies and engages in ASU's fundraising initiatives.

Capaldi's appointment completed ASU's executive committee that, in addition to Crow and Capaldi, includes Carol Campbell, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Richard Stanley, senior vice president and university planner; Christine Wilkinson, senior vice president and secretary of the university; and Ira Jackson, president of the ASU Foundation. The committee is staffed by James O'Brien, chief of staff of the President's Office.

Other notable appointments included:

. Elsie Moore: Moore was named vice profost for Academic Affairs at the West campus and began her duties July 1. Moore previously served as director for the Division of Psychology in Education, located in the College of Education at ASU's Tempe campus.

. Eugene Garcia: ASU extended Garcia's post from the dean of the ASU College of Education to vice president for education partnerships.

. Paul Johnson: Johnson was appointed as the executive dean of the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. He was previously ASU's associate vice president for research.

. Stephen Goodnick: The interim deputy dean and director of nanotechnology for the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering was named associate vice president for research at ASU.

. Kwang-Wu Kim: Kim started as the dean of the Herberger College of Fine Arts in August. He was previously the president of the Longy School of Music.

. Anthony "Bud" Rock: Rock was appointed as ASU's vice president for global engagement. He originally joined ASU in February as special adviser to ASU President Michael Crow for strategic international initiatives.

. Johnnie Ray: The senior vice president for development and university relations at Emory University and the former architect of a $1.6 billion fundraising campaign for the University of Texas-Austin, has been named president and chief executive officer of the ASU Foundation. He will assume his duties Jan. 15.

Along with the new hires, ASU inducted six faculty members as Regents' Professors, and four other faculty members were named to the university's first class of President's Professors.

The members of this year's Regents' Professor class are Cordelia Candelaria (Chicana and Chicano studies), Carlos Castillo-Chavez (Mathematics and Statistics Department), Douglas Montgomery (Industrial Engineering Department), George Poste (Biodesign Institute and School of Life Sciences), Edward Prescott (Economics Department) and Rogier Windhorst (Physics and Astronomy Department).

Regents' Professors are marked by excellence in teaching, exceptional achievements in research or other creative activities, and national and international distinction in their fields. Named by the Arizona Board of Regents, they serve as advisers to the university president and take on a broader role as consultants and teachers throughout the university.

The inaugural President's Professor awardees are Randall Cerveny (professor of geography), Alice Christie (associate professor of technology and education), Ian Gould (professor of chemistry and biochemistry) and the late Paul Rothstein (associate professor of industrial design).

This new, prestigious award is designed to reward enthusiasm and innovation in teaching, the ability to inspire original and creative work by students, mastery of subject matter and scholarly contributions.