The University of Minnesota named three outside candidates Wednesday as finalists to be its vice president for research. They are:

• Mark Banaszak Holl, a chemistry professor at the University of Michigan and former associate vice president for research;

• Brian Herman, a cellular and structural biology professor and special assistant to the president at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio;

• Meredith Hay, a physiology professor at the University of Arizona, where she was provost from 2008 to 2011.

The three are vying for the job now held by Tim Mulcahy, who joined the U in 2005 and will retire in December.

Their public interviews are next week. See the schedule at

The three were chosen by a 15-person search committee, co-chaired by Aaron Friedman, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Medical School, and Steve Crouch, dean of the College of Science and Engineering.