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Matt Itelson

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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO, January 30, 2002 - Daniel Buttlaire, a chemist and enzyme expert with 27 years of experience at San Francisco State University, was recently named SFSU dean of undergraduate studies. Buttlaire, a Foster City resident, was previously interim dean of the SFSU College of Science and Engineering.

As dean of undergraduate studies, Buttlaire is responsible for managing the University's undergraduate courses and curriculum as well as the SFSU Learning Assistance Center and Advising Center.

"Dan Buttlaire's extensive experience at the University as a faculty member, department chair and administrator qualifies him to be an excellent dean of undergraduate studies," SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan said. "He is an exceptional leader and will play an instrumental role in reviewing and revising our curriculum to ensure that San Francisco State students receive a first-rate, cutting-edge undergraduate education for years to come."

Buttlaire replaces Susan Taylor, who died in May 2000 after a long illness. Jerald Combs served as dean pro tem through December 2001 and will continue to teach in the SFSU History Department. Buttlaire began his new job Jan. 22.

"I want to make a difference and contribute to strengthening undergraduate education at San Francisco State," he said. "A strong undergraduate program enriches the life of our students and prepares them to be productive members of society."

Buttlaire joined SFSU in 1975 as an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He was chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department for 17 years before being named associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering in 1997. During the 2000-2001 academic year, Buttlaire served as interim dean while the University searched for a replacement for the legendary James Kelley, who retired after 26 years as dean.

Buttlaire earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University in Denver in 1963 and his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Kansas in 1970. His research interests are in physical biochemistry, enzymology and protein chemistry.

One of the largest campuses in the 23-campus California State University system, SFSU was founded in 1899 and today is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university.

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