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Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Selection of an Associate Provost
September 12, 2006, Volume 53, No. 3

August 1, 2006

Provost Ronald Daniels announced formation of a committee to advise on the selection of a new Associate Provost on March 1, 2006. Members were: Peter Fader, Professor of Marketing, Wharton School; Frank Goodman, Professor of Law, Law School; Lela Jacobsohn, doctoral student, Annenberg School and Chair of GAPSA; Grace Kao, Associate Professor of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences; Gabriel Kopin, undergraduate student, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Shiriki Kumanyika, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Medicine; Vijay Kumar, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Ann Matter, Professor of Religious Studies, School of Arts and Sciences; Kathleen McCauley, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing, School of Nursing; Vincent Price, Professor of Communication, Annenberg School, who served as Committee Chair; Phillip Rea, Professor of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences; and Rogers Smith, Professor and Chair of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences. Lorraine Petronella, Executive Assistant to the Provost, served as staff to the committee.

The committee searched internally, soliciting nominations of outstanding members of the Penn faculty with broad University experience and aptitudes appropriate to the Associate Provost’s diverse portfolio. The Associate Provost, a full-time position, works as part of the senior executive team in the Provost’s Office and has primary responsibility for undergraduate and graduate Ph.D. education in the University.  The Associate Provost chairs the Council of Undergraduate Deans, the Council of Graduate Deans, and the Graduate Council of the Faculties, and acts as a liaison with other parts of the University as they relate to educational programs and student life.

The committee conducted personal interviews with deans and campus administrators, solicited nominations from department chairs and program directors, and placed a notice in Almanac. A total of 48 faculty were nominated and considered; 13 were interviewed by telephone; and five were interviewed in person by the committee as a whole.  After completing this process, the committee submitted a list naming one woman and two men to the Provost, from which he subsequently appointed Andrew Binns, Professor of Biology, as Associate Provost.

—Vincent Price, Chair



Almanac - September 12, 2006, Volume 53, No. 3