Peter Bloomfield has agreed to serve as interim head of the Department of Statistics, effective September 13, 2010. Bloomfield will serve as head while NC State conducts a national search for a permanent head.
Bloomfield is in an internationally respected statistician and an experienced administrator. He joined the NC State faculty in 1983 and served as its interim head of statistics from 1993 to 1994. He also chaired the Department of Statistics at Princeton University from 1979 to 1983. In his announcement of the appointment, PAMS Dean Dan Solomon thanked Bloomfield “for agreeing to step in again and bring his experience to this transition.”
Bloomfield’s appointment as interim head was necessitated by the appointment of Sastry Pantula as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate (http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/blogs/news/?p=239).