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Source: M. Duane Nellis, 785-532-6224,
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415,

Monday, March 30, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Duane Nellis, Kansas State University provost and senior vice president, has announced the names and dates of campus visits for three individuals who have been selected as finalists to become K-State's next dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

The three finalists and their campus visit dates are: William Sullivan, director of the Environmental Council at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 13-15; Charles Linn, deputy editor for the Architectural Record, April 14-16; and Tim de Noble, head of the department of architecture at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, April 15-17.

"I appreciate the work of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design Dean Search Committee, led by search chair Professor Stephanie Rolley, in bringing forward these three excellent finalists for the position," Nellis said. "We will look forward to hearing their vision for the college during their campus interviews."

Interview schedules and curriculum vitae for each candidate will be posted once they are finalized at

Sullivan has served in his current position since 2002 at the University of Illinois, which he joined in 1992. He also serves as a professor in the department of landscape architecture and as an affiliate faculty member in the university's department of natural resources and environmental sciences and department of human and community development. Sullivan earned a bachelor's in ornamental horticulture and a master's in horticulture, both from Illinois; a master of landscape architecture from K-State; and a doctorate in nature resources, with a concentration in environment and behavior, from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He was an assistant professor of environmental design at K-State from 1985-88.

Linn, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, has served as deputy editor of the Architectural Record, a part of the Media Group of McGraw-Hill Construction, since 2005. He also has served as an editor for other Architectural Record publications, including GreenSource magazine and its Web site, Schools of the 21st Century and Practice Matters. Linn earned his bachelor of architecture from K-State in 1978 and has served on the K-State department of architecture's Professional Advisory Board since 1995. He also was named the College of Architecture, Planning and Design's Alumni Fellow in 1994.

De Noble has served as architecture department head at the University of Arkansas since 2003. He joined the university in 1997 after serving as an assistant professor at Syracuse University from 1992-97 and teaching in Florence, Italy. A licensed architect, he is member of the American Institute of Architects. He has served as a principal with denoblearchitecture and deMx Architecture. De Noble earned a bachelor's in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master of architecture from Syracuse.

K-State is searching for a new dean to replace Dennis Law, who is returning to teaching at the end of the school year. Law has served as dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design since 1995.