Final Report of the Consultative Committee
On the Appointment of a
Vice Provost for Faculty
September 10, 2013, Volume 60, No. 4
In January 2013, Provost Vincent Price convened a consultative committee to advise him on the appointment of a Vice Provost for Faculty to succeed Dr. Lynn Hollen Lees, who served as Vice Provost for Faculty since January 2010 and announced her intention to retire from the University as of July 1, 2013.
The members of the committee were:
Robert Holthausen, Ernst & Young and Nomura Securities Company Professor of Accounting and Finance; Chair, Department of Accounting, The Wharton School (Chair)
Lisa Bellini, Professor of Medicine; Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, Perelman School of Medicine
Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science
Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, Associate Professor and Chair of Pathology, School of Dental Medicine
Catriona MacLeod, Professor of German, School of Arts & Sciences
Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, School of Arts & Sciences
Lynne Hunter, Assistant Provost (Staff)
As the campus leader with broad oversight of faculty affairs across the University, the Vice Provost for Faculty reports directly to the Provost and is a member of the Provost's senior leadership team for academic and strategic planning. S/he oversees faculty life and the academic personnel process at Penn, including recruitment, retention and retirement; appointments, tenure, and promotions; enhancement of faculty diversity and gender and minority equity; and resolution of individual faculty issues, including grievances. S/he coordinates the Provost's Staff Conference and works closely with the deans and chairs of Penn's 12 Schools, as well as the Faculty Senate, Vice President for Human Resources, Ombudsman, Affirmative Action Officer, diversity search advisors, Provost's Senior Advisor for Diversity, and PASEF (Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty).
The committee sought nominations of and applications from currently tenured faculty members at Penn with demonstrated administrative skills and experience, extensive knowledge of the University and its policies and practices, and experience addressing sensitive issues in an effective and principled manner, handling confidential information tactfully and discreetly, and working well with faculty, staff, deans and department chairs in negotiating difficult situations.
Nominations and applications were solicited through an email to all faculty members and an announcement in Almanac.
Twenty nine faculty members were nominated or applied, of whom 12 were women and five were members of historically underrepresented groups. The committee interviewed six candidates, of whom four were women and four were members of historically underrepresented groups, and recommended four of these candidates to the Provost. From this list, Anita Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law in the Penn Law School, was appointed by the Provost as Vice Provost for Faculty, effective July 1, 2013.