University of Rochester

Position of Provost to be Restructured

June 18, 2012

Peter Lennie to become Provost and Dean of Faculty of AS&E; Rob Clark to become Interim Senior Vice President for Research

On June 14, the University of Rochester Board of Trustees approved a restructuring of the Provost's position recommended by President Joel Seligman following Provost Ralph Kuncl's appointment as President of the University of Redlands. Read the full text here.

Peter Lennie, currently Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, will become Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, and Robert Clark, currently Dean of the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, will become interim Senior Vice President for Research, effective with Ralph Kuncl's departure, Seligman said.

"This new structure will more effectively address the Provost's role in our decentralized university governance model as well as the ongoing expansion of the research side of the Office of the Provost," Seligman said. "It will simplify and clarify responsibility, reduce an administrative level, and achieve some synergies by combining the Provost's academic functions and the position of Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering and by creating a senior vice president to oversee the expanding responsibilities for research."

The Provost and Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering will oversee the School of Arts & Sciences, the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, the College, River Campus Libraries, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Office of University Graduate Studies, and the University of Rochester Press. He will also have responsibility for reaccreditation, institutional research, University Health Service, the University Intercessors, the Deans Council, academic and multidisciplinary awards, and the Deans Committee on Administrative Practices, and he will staff the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

"The definition of responsibilities recognizes that the redefined Provost position amplifies the position of Dean of the Faculty of AS&E," Seligman said. "Peter Lennie will continue to have an office in Lattimore Hall, since the majority of his duties will be as dean. He also will have an office in Wallis Hall."

Schools outside of AS&E that currently report to the Provost on formal academic issues such as tenure and promotion (including the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business and Warner School of Education) will continue to do so. They will continue to report to the President or to the President, the Provost and the Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance on issues related to budget, strategy, and facilities. The Medical Center CEO will continue to report directly to the President. No changes will occur in the existing reporting relationships of the School of Medicine and Dentistry or the School of Nursing.

In this new model, the deans of the School of Arts & Sciences and of the Hajim School will assume responsibility that had rested with the Dean of the Faculty of AS&E, for tenure, promotion, leave, and related faculty issues in their schools, as well as for student appeals.

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity will continue to report to both the President and Provost. "This is a University priority and an area where I have a strong personal commitment," Seligman said.

Lennie has been Dean of the Faculty of AS&E since 2006, when he returned to Rochester after serving for seven years as dean for science and a professor of neuroscience at NYU. He is a professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and during his previous time at Rochester served as director of the Center for Visual Science, dean of academic resources and planning, and chair of Brain & Cognitive Sciences. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

The new Senior Vice President for Research will be responsible for the fastest growing segments of the current Provost's position, Seligman said.

Those responsibilities include the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, sponsored research including the Sponsored University Research Group, Office of Research Projects Administration, University Information Technology, Health Science Center for Computational Innovation (HSCCI), Center for Entrepreneurship, Office of Research Alliances, Office of Human Subjects Protection/Research Subjects Review Board, Office of Technology Transfer, online initiatives, and staffing the Research and Innovation Committee of the Board of Trustees.

"Rob Clark's efforts to bridge between University research and the corporate world through cross-school initiatives such as the TEAM program with Simon and the Center for Medical Technology Innovation with the School of Medicine & Dentistry made him a logical choice for the interim Senior Vice President's role," Seligman said.

"During Rob's period as interim, I will expect him to make decisions as if he were the permanent Senior Vice President," Seligman said. "We have time-sensitive projects under way that should not be delayed, including selection of a new director of Tech Transfer, our IBM project (HSCCI), and our online initiative."

Clark will continue as Dean of the Hajim School while serving as interim Senior Vice President for Research. He has been dean since 2008, when he arrived from Duke University, where he had served as senior associate dean and dean of the Pratt School of Engineering. Clark is an expert in the science of acoustics and in bionanomanufacturing. He holds a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Lennie's term will run through June 30, 2016. There will be a national search for the Senior Vice President for Research when the academic year begins, Seligman said.

"I have asked both Peter and Rob to begin the transition to their new positions effective July 1 to ensure an overlap period with Ralph before Ralph departs for California," he said. "I greatly appreciate their willingness to assume these new responsibilities."




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