Associate Provost: Walter Wales
Robert Barchi has announced the appointment of Dr. Walter
Wales, emeritus professor of physics and former Deputy
Provost, as Interim Associate Provost, filling the position
held by Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing
Barbara Lowery, who died earlier this month (Almanac October
15). He will serve as Interim Associate Provost at
least through the current academic year.
is highly regarded by the faculty as a man whose wisdom,
judgment, and broad knowledge of the University are unsurpassed.
As Deputy Provost, he carried out many of the same responsibilities
that are now assigned to the Associate Provost. His wide-ranging
administrative experience, his sense of humor, and his
compassionate nature will greatly benefit his new office.
We are very glad that he has agreed to take on this important
Wales, who joined Penn as an instructor in 1959, has
held numerous academic administrative posts in the University.
Chair of the Physics Department for ten years, he later
served as associate dean of SAS twice and as acting dean
three times, and held the post of Deputy Provost from
1992 to 1995. More recently he served as University Ombudsman.
Dr. Wales also has been active in the Faculty Senate,
heading the 1977-80 Task Force on University Governance
and serving as chair of the Faculty Senate in 1979-80.
He is a 1990 recipient of the prestigious Ira Abrams
Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching given by the
School of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American