The following is an email on behalf of the Office of the Provost.
Dear IUSO community,
I write with an update on our search for the next Dean of the School of Optometry.
As you know, in April, we hosted campus visits for two finalists for the position, to succeed Dean Bonanno. I greatly appreciate your deep engagement with these candidates during their visits, as well as the thoughtful feedback you provided. Unfortunately, we were not able to seat an incumbent from these candidates.
Following substantive consultation with President Whitten, the search committee, and others, I have decided to extend the search process and pursue additional candidates over the coming weeks.
The dean position will remain posted through at least mid-June, and with the search committee, we are initiating a new round of identifying and recruiting potential candidates. To be clear, this continues to be a fully open search process. I ask all of you to review your professional networks and help nominate and encourage potential applicants to fully consider this opportunity.
Dean Bonanno will continue to serve in the position until returning to the faculty and beginning a year-long sabbatical in July. As our progress indicates, we will consider a potential interim for this position as needed.
I recognize this is a pivotal search for the school, and I want to ensure we have the best possible leader to fulfill our potential at the School of Optometry and across IUB in the years to come.
Thank you for your patience and continued strong engagement in this search process, and I look forward to welcoming a new dean for IUSO.
Executive Vice President and Provost, IU Bloomington