Academic Issues Work Group

Committee Membership

Name & College / Dept. Current & Former Titles / Roles

John Finnegan

School of Public Health, Epidemiology

  • Committee Chair
  • Dean and Assistant Vice President for Public Health
  • Professor

Gary Balas

IT, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

  • Department Head
  • Former FCC Chair
  • McKnight Distinguished University Professor

Suzanne Bardouche

Office of Undergraduate Education


  • Assistant Vice Provost
  • Former Finance Director, Pharmacy
  • Former Chief Financial Officer, CLA
Christina Brakken-Thal
M.D./Ph.D. program, Medical School, Chemical Engineering
  • GAPSA Vice President
  • GAPSA Student Representative to the Board of Regents
  • M.D./Ph.D. student

Brian Buhr

CFANS, Applied Economics

  • Department Head
  • Professor and E. Fred Koller Chair in Management Information Systems

Will Durfee

IT, Mechanical Engineering

  • Professor
  • Director of Design Education
  • IT Professor of the Year
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers
  • Former FCC Vice Chair

Tim Holst

UMD, Swenson College of Science and Engineering

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration
  • Director of Graduate Programs
  • Professor

Jeffrey Kahn

Medical School, Center for Bioethics
  • Director of Center for Bioethics
  • Professor and Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics
  • FCC Representative

Matthew McGue

CLA, Psychology


  • Regents Professor
  • Former Department Chair

Peter Radcliffe

Office of Planning and Analysis


  • Executive Director
  • Former Director, AHC Office of Planning and Analysis

Rebecca Ropers-Huilman

CEHD, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

  • Professor

Brian Southwell

CLA, Journalism

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Graduate School Executive Committee

Kathryn VandenBosch

CFANS, Plant Biology

CBS, Plant Biology

  • Department Head
  • Professor
  • FCC Representative

Cathrine Wambach

CEHD, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

  • Associate Professor
  • Chair, Senate Committee on Educational Policy

Leanne Wirkkula

Carlson School of Management


  • Assistant Dean

John Ziegenhagen

Provost's Office

  • Director, Strategic Projects

Staff to the committee: Katherine Himes, Ph.D.,, 612-625-0563


Committee Charge

Charge to the committee from the provost (download PDF)

Posted September 17, 2009