Familiar faces step up to lead the
key leadership positions have been filled over the summer
that of provost, Arts & Sciences dean, vice president for
research and director of the University Press, as well as the
athletics director. [See story on Craig
D. Block, U.Va. vice
president for research and public service and an internationally
respected biologist known for his research on biological rhythms,
has been named the Universitys vice president and provost.
the chief academic officer, Block is responsible for oversight
of U.Va.s 10 schools, as well as the University Library,
the U.Va. Art Museum and the Universitys three residential
colleges. He took over July 1 from Peter W. Low, provost since
1994, who returned to teaching at the Law School.
history professor Edward L. Ayers has been named dean of the College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He is a natioally
acclaimed expert on the history of the South and a pioneer in
the use of technology in humanities research and teaching.
the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History, succeeds Melvyn P. Leffler
as the chief administrator of the liberal arts core of the University.
With approximately 725 faculty members in 25 academic departments,
a like number of academic and research centers and interdisciplinary
programs, and more than 10,600 of U.Va.s 18,550 undergraduate
and graduate students, the College and Graduate School include
approximately 20 programs ranked among the nations strongest
as well as recognized leaders in every field of learning within
the liberal arts.
by Rebecca Arrington
and Ayers said they plan to continue teaching and conducting research.
Enriching the undergraduate experience and moving forward Virginia
2020 plans top their agendas as they assume their new posts this
semester, the two men told the Board of Visitors in June.
with the rest of the University to make all of us stronger
is one of the goals Ayers has set as dean of Arts & Sciences.
He also told the board that he will request that more junior faculty
be hired to teach the Colleges largest classes. He plans
to offer more graduate student fellowships as well, and to improve
classroom and lab space sooner rather than later.
He hopes to create new programs, based on students interests
and wants students and faculty to have as much contact with him
as possible. To this end, he will schedule weekly open office
told the board that he will develop a timetable to carry forward
the Virginia 2020 initiatives. He will also make a concerted
effort to bring more women and minorities to top leadership posts,
improve graduate student incentives to attract the brightest and
best, maintain outstanding libraries, improve facilities and plan
more exchange and study abroad programs to internationalize
distinguishes itself as offering a unique research experience
for undergraduates, he noted.
by Dan Heuchert
R. Ariel Gomez
R. Ariel Gomez, professor of pediatrics at U.Va., has been named
president for research and public service while a search is
conducted to replace Gene Block. Gomez will head the office responsible
for the development and support of faculty research as well as
public service, federal and industrial relations and intellectual
property. He has been actively involved as a special adviser to
Block on a broad range of research issues and served on the Virginia
2020 Science and Technology Planning Commission.
who also serves as director of the Center for Organogenesis and
the NIH-supported Center of Excellence in Pediatric Nephrology,
pursues fundamental research on the basic mechanisms of kidney
University Press of
Virginia has a new director: Penelope Penny J.
Kaiserlian, who was the associate director and editorial director
of the University of Chicago Press. Kaiserlian brings a wealth
of management experience and editorial judgment to Charlottesville
from the nations top academic publisher, which has annual
book publishing income of more than $20 million.
Lampkin get new posts
W. Harmon, U.Va. vice
president for student affairs since 1994, will become senior
vice president this summer to work on athletics fund raising,
among other duties. In his new role, Harmon will serve as a key
member of the team spearheading plans for a new basketball and
M. Lampkin, associate vice president for student affairs, will
serve as interim vice president while a search is conducted.