Former Provost Stanley A. Chodorow, who continued on the faculty after he stepped down as Provost in December, is now chief executive officer of California Virtual University, the clearinghouse for a statewide consortium of California institutions offering courses and degrees via the Internet and other technologies.
At present 98 of the state's 301 accredited public and private institutions participate in C.V.U., offering more than 1,600 courses and 100 complete degree or certificate programs. Only accredited colleges and universities are eligible to offer courses through C.V.U. "I don't think that's a good model," Dr. Chodorow told the Chronicle of Higher Education, contrasting C.V.U. with emerging institutions that offer coursework from other sources such as corporations. "An academic program is an expression of its standing faculty."
Patrick T. Murphy, director of the Institute for Contemporary Art since 1990, will resign as director in November but will act in an adjunct curatorial capacity until the middle of next year, when he takes up the post of Exhibitions Director at the Royal Hibernian Academy, which has opened a new facility equivalent to ICA.
Mr. Murphy has directed the 35-year-old ICA throughout the nine years it has occupied its new space at 36th and Sansom Streets, curating exhibitions of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown, Sally Mann, and Andres Serrano. He has also held an adjunct position with the History of Art department, served as visiting critic to the graduate program in Fine Arts, and chaired the oversight committee of the Arthur Ross Gallery. Off campus, he served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in 1992-94 and on the boards of the Fairmount Park Art Commission, the City's "Percent for Art" Program, and other organizations.
Penn Book Center to 34th Street
The Penn Book Center has signed a lease for the former Sam Goody's space on 34th Street at Sansom Street, according to Achilles Nickles, co-owner with his brother, Peter, of the longtime trade- and textbook store now in the 3700 block of Walnut.
The store will remain open at its present site during renovation of the new space, and expects to move near the end of October.
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 3, September 15, 1998