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Vivian Lewis to Lead University’s Diversity Efforts

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Vivian Lewis

Beginning Oct. 1 and for the balance of the academic year, Vivian Lewis will serve as acting deputy to the president and acting vice provost for faculty development and diversity. Lynne Davidson will step down from the post Oct. 1.

President Seligman thanked Davidson for the “magnificent job” she has done, saying “she has been pivotal in chairing our 2006 Task Force on Faculty Diversity and Inclusiveness and in implementing its 31 recommendations. I look forward to Vivian’s contributions to further strengthen diversity initiatives at the University.”

Lewis, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has overseen diversity initiatives at the Medical Center and has been a member of the University Faculty Diversity Officers Committee since its inception. “Vivian’s first-hand experience and leadership in faculty mentoring and development at the School of Medicine and Dentistry and her research on gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the professions should position her to make an even broader impact for the University as a whole,” Provost Ralph Kuncl says.

The search for a permanent successor to Davidson will begin in the spring semester.