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Falcon to step down as IIS director

Walter Falcon, the Helen C. Farnsworth Professor of International Agricultural Policy, will step down as director of the Institute for International Studies (IIS) on Aug. 31, 1998.

Provost Condoleezza Rice, who made the announcement at the Faculty Senate meeting Dec. 4, praised Falcon's leadership of the institute during the past five years.

"In addition to leading the Encina Hall renovation effort, which will enable IIS and its affiliated programs to be housed in a single, state-of-the-art facility, Wally has played a crucial role in the establishment of the Global Environmental Forum at IIS, the Asia/Pacific Scholars program and, most recently, the Bechtel Initiative on Global Growth and Change. He has also helped to forge important new links between IIS and the schools of Medicine, Earth Sciences and Engineering," she said.

Rice and Charles Kruger, dean of research and graduate policy, have selected a search committee to develop a short list of candidates for the position with the goal of selecting a successor by April 1998. Kruger and William Perry, the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor of Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research and senior fellow at IIS, will serve as co-chairs.

Other members of the committee are Russell Berman, German studies and director of the Overseas Studies Program; Alan Garber, medicine; Judy Goldstein, political science; Stephen Haber, history and associate dean of humanities and sciences; Terry Karl, political science; Jeffrey Koseff, civil and environmental engineering; Stephen Krasner, political science; Gail Lapidus, IIS; Lynn Orr, petroleum engineering and dean of Earth Sciences; George Shultz, Hoover Institution and the Graduate School of Business; John Taylor, economics; and Ann Fletcher, Provost's Office (staff support).

The committee's charge is to assess the issues IIS faces during the next few years, the role of IIS in the university and its linkages with schools and programs, external factors affecting the institute's future, qualifications needed for IIS leadership and criteria for selection of a new director.

The committee will seek input from IIS faculty and staff, from the faculty at large and from people outside the university with relevant expertise.


By Marisa Cigarroa

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