Almanac Between Issues
June 20, 2006
Ombudsman: Professor Keene
Dr. John C. Keene, professor of city and regional planning in the School of Design, has agreed to serve as the University Ombudsman, effective on July 1, 2006 for a two-year term, President Amy Gutmann announced recently. Dr. Keene will succeed Dr. David Pope. “We are grateful to David who served Penn so well during his term as Ombudsman.”
“John, who was University Ombudsman from 1978 to 1984, brings a breadth and depth of experience, excellent judgment, and a commitment to service to the role of Ombudsman that will enable him to be very effective. I am delighted that he has agreed to serve again as Penn’s Ombudsman.”
Dr. Keene has a rich record of University service, including having served as Chair of the Faculty Senate in 2000, Graduate Group Chair in City and Regional Planning from 1989-91 and from 2002-05, and Chair of the Open Expression Committee for the Graduate School of Fine Arts (now the School of Design) from 1995-97, and Chair of the President’s Commission of Judicial Procedures from 1982-83. He received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2004, and the G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Design in May 2005.