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July 17, 2007, Volume 54, No. 1

VP/Treasurer Scott Douglass  to UD

Scott Douglass has resigned as vice president for finance and treasurer. He is joining the University of Delaware as Senior Vice President this summer, and is transitioning into the role of Executive Vice President effective January 1, 2008. As EVP he will assume responsibility for finance, information technologies, facilities, labor relations, human resources, public safety, administrative services, institutional research and planning and budget.

He has agreed to remain in his current position until mid-August to ensure a smooth transition. A national search is underway for a new vice president for finance and treasurer.

“Scott has successfully overseen the financial operations of the University since 2004. Among his several accomplishments are the successful upgrade of the University’s long term debt rating from “Aa3” to “Aa2” as well as the implementation of several operational enhancements including the transition to Wachovia as the University’s cash management provider, Procure to Pay, and the refinement of the University’s faculty mortgage programs. In addition, he championed training and professional development, having created the Financial Management Development Program,” said EVP Craig Carnaroli.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Douglass served as the senior associate dean for finance and administration at Wharton, where he oversaw the construction of Huntsman Hall. He joined Penn in 1992, serving first as associate dean, until his promotion to senior associate dean in 1997. Prior to joining Penn, he served as the secretary of finance for the State of Delaware.

“Scott has been an important contributor to the University and its overall mission and goals. His leadership, intellect and professionalism will be sorely missed,” added Mr. Carnaroli.

Patricia Wilson to UD

Patricia Plummer Wilson, who had been chief of staff and director of faculty administration at Wharton for nearly a decade, has been appointed by University of Delaware President Patrick Harker to serve as vice president and chief of staff, effective July 1. Previously, she was assistant vice provost for graduate education at Penn.

“Patricia Wilson is a trusted advisor and leader,” Dr. Harker said.  “For the past ten years, I have depended greatly on her superb administrative abilities, and she has done a stellar job.”

“I am pleased to be able to bring two valued colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania with me to Delaware,” Dr. Harker said. “I’ve worked closely with them both, and I know their talents and enthusiasm will be valuable at UD.”

Dr. Anderson to Yale University

Dr. Elijah Anderson, who has been The Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology since 1991, has left Penn to join the faculty at Yale Univesity as the the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology on July 1. Dr. Anderson, a Lindback Award winner, has taught at Penn since 1975 and has served as the undergraduate chairman of the department of sociology and as the acting director of the Afro-American Studies Program. Last year, he organized a conference at Penn, Poor, Young, Black and Male: A Case for National Action.

Dr. Dyson to Georgetown

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who has been professor of religious studies, the Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities & African American Studies since he came to Penn five years ago, has left for Georgetown, where he will be a University Professor. He will teach a broad range of courses on subjects that explore the boundaries among religion, culture, and society.

“Professor Dyson is an intellectual leader in society and academia,” said Georgetown University Provost James J. O’Donnell. “At Georgetown we look forward to his continued societal impact and anticipate the contributions he will make to enhance our vibrant academic community.”

Dr. Feathers to Stanford Law

Susan Feathers, C ’83, G ’83, the assistant dean, Public Service Program, at Penn Law, has left Penn to become the executive director of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. She had directed Penn Law’s public interest initiatives, including student-led pro bono projects, a public interest scholars program, and public interest career counseling.

Dr. Kahn to Miami School of Business

Dr. Barbara Kahn, the Dorothy Silberberg Professor of Marketing, Vice Dean and Director of Wharton Undergraduate Division, has been named Dean at the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration, effective August 1. She has also been a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute and a faculty member of the Graduate Group in the Psychology Department. A noted scholar on consumer choice, variety seeking, and brand loyalty, her research provides marketing managers with a better understanding of consumer decision-making.

Almanac - July 17, 2007, Volume 54, No. 1