As the University of Texas announced Friday that Provost Stanley Chodorow is a finalist for the presidency of UT Austin, Dr. Chodorow simultaneously announced that, after "serious reflection," he has decided to resign as Penn's Provost effective December 31, 1997.
"It has been a great privilege to serve Penn as its Provost," Dr. Chodorow said. "Penn is a truly world-class institution, and it has been a great learning experience for me over the past three-and-a-half years, working with President Rodin, the deans, faculty, staff and students."
Dr. Chodorow said that he reached his decision after it became apparent that the presidential search at UT Austinwhere a decision is expected within the next five weeks would necessarily distract him from giving his full attention to his responsibilities as Provost.
"I've had the benefit of a marvelous experience at Penn, and it has prepared me well to pursue other opportunities for academic leadership," he said. "That is what I must do now. I think it is necessary and appropriate for me to step down as Provost, so that President Rodin can identify my successor to work with her on the ambitious goals of Agenda for Excellence that are already well underway, especially the 21st Century Project for the Undergraduate Experience.
"I feel a large measure of regret at the prospect of leaving this terrific institution," he said, "but I will carry with me all that I've learned from my time here, and particularly from the fine people who define this place."
Said President Judith Rodin: "Stan and I have had three great years, working together to advance Penn, and we have accomplished a great deal. There is much yet to be done, and we will miss him. Stan's loyalty to Penn, and his great concern for its best interests, are exemplified in his decision today. He appreciates the importance of committed leadership in the Office of the Provost, something he has concluded, after a great deal of personal reflection, that he can no longer provide while he is a candidate for the presidency of another major American university.
"I wish Stan all the best in the weeks ahead, and I have every expectation of addressing him as `President Chodorow' in the very near future." Dr. Rodin is expected to name an acting provost and set up a search committee before the end of this semester.
Above right:The new building, seen from across
34th Street with Smith Walk in the foreground, Hayden Hall just beyond it,
and at far right, the Chemistry Building to which the IAST's Vagelos Labs
Diana and Roy Vagelos at the groundbreaking for the IAST's Vagelos Labs
in 1995. Dr. Roy Vagelos took the chair of Penn's Trustees in 1994, retiring
that year as CEO of Merck. Scientists from Merck provide one of the two
celebratory symposia being held Monday for the Labs' opening. Please see
page 2 for the day's schedule, which ends with an Open House at 34th Street
and Smith Walk, open to all.
Open to all members of the University are two symposia, and at day's end
a reception and open house.