Life Span Institute Director to be Interim Dean of CLAS

Life Span Institute Director to be Interim Dean of CLAS

As one interim appointment comes to a close, another will begin for John Colombo, Life Span Institute director.  Beginning July 1, he will be interim dean of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU.

Colombo, who has been director of the Life Span Institute since 2007, is currently finishing a two year appointment as interim director of the KU Office of Research. Simon Atkinson, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis’ vice chancellor for research, will lead the KU Office of Research as the new vice chancellor for research starting July 1.

Colombo joined KU as a research associate in 1982. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and he has been a professor in the Department of Psychology since January 2002.

He will continue to be director of the Life Span Institute, where also leads the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, one of only 14 federally designated centers of its kind for disability research. 
- Jen Humphrey