HUD Post: Dr. Wachter
Dr. Susan Wachter, professor of real estate and finance at the Wharton
School, was sworn in December 2 as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development
and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She had
been approved by the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
by a vote of 19 to 1 on November 19. Dr. Wachter, a national expert in housing
analysis and the first woman to head the American Real Estate Urban Economics
Association, was nominated by President Clinton this summer.
Dr. Wachter has taught at Wharton since 1972 and served as chair of its
real estate department from 1997 to 1999. She also served the University
as Ombudsman from 1987 to 1990. She has been a consultant to HUD's Policy
Development and Research office for much of the year and is currently on
leave from Penn. Dr. Wachter pioneered work on home ownership affordability,
including the first-time identification of the impact of borrowing constraints
on home ownership. "I believe that expanding access and opportunity
to home ownership are critical to the revitalization of our cities and the
economic well-being of our nation," said Dr. Wachter at the nomination
Information Technology Advisory Board
Provost Robert Barchi has announced the formation of an IT Advisory Board
comprising senior faculty and administrators from across the University,
as well as student representatives. The Board will meet on a regular basis
to advise the Provost on strategic issues involving the use of information
technology and their impact on the academic mission of the University.
"Shaping the University of the 21st Century," Provost Barchi
said, "requires us to take a broad view of the future centered on the
academic mission of the institution. This Advisory Board draws on the time
and talent of some distinguished Penn patriots and will support our work
in important ways."
The group was formed with consultation from the chairs of the Senate
Executive Committee and will be chaired by James J. O'Donnell, Professor
of Classical Studies and Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing.
The Advisory Board will include:
- Mary Alice Annecharico, Dir., Information Services, School of Medicine
- Robin Beck, Associate Vice President, ISC
- Peter Conn, Deputy Provost
- Margaret Cotroneo, Associate Professor, Nursing in Psychology
- Susan Davidson, Professor, CIS
- Laura Ducceschi, GAPSA
- Kathryn Engebretson, Vice President, Finance
- Alan Filreis, Professor, English
- Thomas Gerrity, Reliance Professor, Management and Private Enterprise
- Theo LeCompte, Co-Chair, Committee for Tangible Change
- Elizabeth Kelly, Professor, Law; Dir., Biddle Law Library
- Gerard McCartney, Executive Dir., Wharton Computing and IT
- Russell Neuman, Professor, Communication
- Michael Palladino, Executive Dir., ISC Networking
- Patricia Renfro, Associate Dir., Library Public Services
- Stanley Schwartz, Associate Professor, Medicine
- Dana Tomlin, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
- Ira Winston, Executive Dir., SAS and SEAS Computing
University Council Meeting
Wednesday, December 8, 1999, from 4 to 6 p.m.
McClelland Hall, The Quadrangle
Members of the University who wish to attend as observers should so
indicate by calling the Office of the Secretary, (215) 898-7005.
I. Approval of the minutes of November 10, 1999 meeting: 1 minute.
II. Status Reports by the President, Provost, Chairs of the Steering
Committee, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, the Undergraduate
Assembly, the Penn Professional Staff Assembly and the A-3 Assembly. Time
limit for reports and clarifications: 20 minutes
III. Remaining 1998-99 Year-end Report of the Committee on Recreation
and Intercollegiate Athletics: 5 minutes presentation; 5 minutesº discussion.
IV. Discussion on Experience with Outsourcing: 5 minutes presentation;
15 minutes discussion.
V. Open Forum: Presentations will be limited to 3 minutes. Issues
that are not on the schedule will be accommodated if time allows.
A. University Licensing for Penn Clothes
B. Problems With Penn Policies on Students With Disabilities
C. Women's Safety
D. Women's Safety: University Administration's Relationship With
the Penn Police
E. University's Investment of the Endowment
F. Minority Recruitment and Retention
G. Obtaining Prayer Space
VI. Adjournment by 6:00 p.m.
|| University Community|
||John C. Keene, Chair, Council Steering Committee William F. Harris, Moderator,
||University Council Open Forum, 12/8/99|
The issues for the University Council Open Forum in the order in which
they will be addressed are:
- University Licensing for Penn Clothes
- Problems With Penn Policies on Students With Disabilities
- Women's Safety
- Women's Safety: University Administration's Relationship With the Penn
- University's Investment of the Endowment
- Minority Recruitment and Retention
- Obtaining Prayer Space
Presentations will be limited to 3 minutes. Issues that are not on the
schedule will be accommodated if time allows. The University Council meeting
is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, in McClelland Hall, the Quadrangle.
A PennCard is needed to enter the Quadrangle. The meeting is open to any
member of the University Community who wishes to attend, subject to space
limitations. We suggest that people interested in the Open Forum arrive
at 5 p.m.
Retirement Plan for All
Penn weekly-paid staff will soon have the option of participating in
the "defined contribution" retirement plan that, up until now,
has been open only to eligible faculty and monthly-paid staff, if new recommendations
by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Human Resources are accepted
by the President, Provost and Executive Vice President.
"This is very good news for thousands of weekly-paid staff, many
of whom have asked to join the retirement plan, which features immediate
vesting, portability and other important benefits," said Jack Heuer,
vice president, Human Resources. The Personnel Benefits Committee of University
Council asked Human Resources to review the issue, and the recommendations
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 14, December 7, 1999
| FRONT PAGE | CONTENTS
Shopping 1999, Part One | COUNCIL:
State of the University, Part Two (Barchi & Conn) | TALK
ABOUT TEACHING ARCHIVE | BETWEEN
ISSUES | DECEMBER at PENN