Yepsen a Saluki?

The dean of Iowa’s political journalistas, The Des Moines Register’s David Yepsen, is among three finalists for a job at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. From the Daily Egyptian (the college paper):

Paul Simon described his public policy institute as a “do tank,” not a think tank.

The three candidates in the search for a new director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, whose names were released Wednesday, said this idea was the basis of the position’s appeal.

John Jackson, director of the committee in charge of the search, said the candidates the committee recommended are: Bill Freivogel, director of the School of Journalism; Arthur Turner, deputy majority leader in the Illinois House; and David Yepsen, chief political correspondent for the Des Moines Register.

The university president, interim chancellor and interim provost will select which of the candidates will take the post, Jackson said.

Interim Director Matt Baughman said he hopes to have a new director in place early in 2009.

A Saluki, by the way, is the school’s nickname. It’s a breed of dog that traces its origins back to the Middle East thousands of years ago. What? I just thought you might be wondering.


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