Many of you have likely learned that Diana McLaughlin will be retiring soon. Her last day in the office will be July 7. It is hard to imagine the Economics Department without her, but beginning July 8 we will need to do so.
We have just completed our search for a new department administrator. Earlier today Ellen Anderson accepted our offer of the position. For the past 2.5 years, Ellen has worked in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office in Storm Lake, IA. Before that she worked as Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa. The search committee was very favorably impressed with Ellen’s qualifications, attitude and energy, and we are confident she will be a great addition to the department. Her first day in the office will be June 28. I know you will extend Ellen a warm welcome.