gets new chancellor
Kaplan, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler
University in Indianapolis, Ind., has been named chancellor of
College at Wise.
President John T. Casteen III made the announcement May 21 in
Wise, where he introduced Kaplan and his wife, Anemone Schweizer-Kaplan,
to the U.Va.-Wise faculty and staff.
Kaplans commitment to liberal arts education and his vision
for solidifying the colleges growth in stature as one of
the nations premier public liberal arts institutions give
him a powerful base on which to build as chancellor, Casteen
background includes both significant scholarship and progressively
more responsible leadership positions in higher education administration.
In an uncommonly talented group of applicants, he stood out as
the ideal candidate to lead Wise in new directions, including
international initiatives, collaborative education and service
learning. We are fortunate to have attracted someone of his energy
and talent, and we are pleased to welcome Mr. Kaplan and his family
to the University of Virginia community.
succeeds L. Jay Lemons, who left U.Va.-Wise in January to become
president of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Penn. Lemons
had been chancellor of the Universitys only branch college
Kaplan, right, and John Casteen
feel honored and a deep sense of gratitude to have been selected
as the next chancellor of the University of Virginias College
at Wise, Kaplan said. I welcome the responsibility
and challenges that accompany this important position. I believe
firmly in the transforming power of a liberal arts education.
U.Va.-Wise has a tradition of not only preparing students for
careers but of cultivating their humanity. Based on the high quality
of the colleges faculty, staff and academic programs, I
am confident that together we can lead this institution to new
heights as the best public liberal arts college in the nation.
approval of Kaplans appointment is expected at the Universitys
Board of Visitors meeting on June 15 in Charlottesville. Kaplan
will assume his new post July 1.
addition to his time at Butler, Kaplan was dean of the arts and
humanities at the State University of New York College at Buffalo
for two years, and before that, director of the Center for International
Programs at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo. During
his tenures as a dean, he worked with state legislators and was
involved in fund raising and community relations. At Butler, he
chaired the council of deans, represented all the colleges on
the board of trustees
and chaired the universitys strategy and policy team on
announcement came after a six-month search for the Colleges
seventh chancellor. A 14-member search committee, comprised of
faculty, staff, a student and representatives from both the U.Va.-Wise
and the Universitys boards , reviewed 60 applications for
the post. As part of the final interview process, Kaplan, his
wife and youngest daughter recently visited the College for three
days, meeting with faculty, staff, students and community leaders.
Kaplan is the right person, at the right time, for the chancellors
job, said William J. Sturgill, chair of the U.Va.-Wise board
and the search committee. Mr. Kaplan exhibits the characteristics
necessary for the continued enhancement of the quality of the
undergraduate experience at one of the Souths top public
liberal arts colleges. He possesses the educational credentials,
administrative skills, vision and personal charisma to work effectively
with the college community, the community of Southwest Virginia,
the University of Virginia and the Commonwealth.
addition to his administrative responsibilities, Kaplan is a professor
of English at Butler. He has authored a book on American translations
of the famed German poet Rainer Maria Rilke and numerous articles
on American and German literature. In 1995, Kaplan published a
book on critically acclaimed Vietnam novelist Tim OBriens
fiction with the University of South Carolina Press and, in 1994,
an anthology of international war stories with the University
Press of Colorado.
and his wife Anemone
1989 until 1996, Kaplan held several teaching and administrative
positions at the University of Southern Colorado, including assistant
professor of English, associate professor of English, and chair
of the Department of English and Foreign Languages. Kaplan also
worked as a visiting lecturer in American studies and as an instructor
of English as a second language at Eberhard-Karls Universitat
Tubingen in Germany and at the University of Marylands European
division as an instructor of English and American literature and
received a bachelors degree in history from the University
of California at Los Angeles and both a masters degree and
Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Eberhard-Karls Universitat
Tubingen, one of the oldest universities in Europe. He also earned
a diploma from Harvard Universitys Management Development
47, and his wife, Anemone, have four children: Aljoscha, 22, Silia,
19, Noemi, 17 and Janina, 15.
one of the Souths top public liberal arts colleges by U.S.
News and World Report, U.Va.-Wise is home to 1,500 students.