Casteen appoints three vice provosts
By Charlotte Crystal
of the University and a solid sense of how to promote constructive
change distinguish three new vice provosts.
John T. Casteen III singled out those qualities in announcing
appointments for the three vice provost positions for academic
affairs, faculty advancement and international affairs.
Milton Adams, professor of biomedical engineering and associate
dean for academic programs in the School of Engineering and Applied
Science, will assume the duties of vice provost for academic programs
this month. Gertrude Fraser, associate professor of anthropology,
will become vice provost for faculty advancement in January. Also
in January, Dr. Leigh Grossman, professor of pediatrics and chief
of the division of pediatric infectious disease, will take over
as vice provost for international affairs.
three new vice provosts come from within the Universitys
faculty ranks, Casteen said. These are complex times
for national universities, and each of these new leaders brings
unique insights and demonstrated leadership to the job. Together
with Gene Block, vice
president and provost, they will provide strong academic leadership.
added: These individuals, chosen after competitive searches
last spring, bring a wealth of experience and depth of expertise
that will help the University strengthen its reputation for excellence
and position it for strategic growth in the new century.
will serve a five-year term as advisor to Block and represent
the provosts office on issues of curriculum and the general
health and welfare of academic units. His responsibilities will
include supervision of academic planning, including academic program
review, and oversight of academic enhancement programs for undergraduate
received his bachelors degree in electrical engineering
from Virginia Tech and his doctorate in biomedical engineering
engineering is a field that brings together faculty from the School
of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Adams said. Coming from that background, I had to learn
how to listen and communicate with people who did not use the
same language even if they were talking about the same thing.
It gave me exposure to different ways of doing things. As vice
provost, I plan to get out of the office and talk to people to
find out what is on their minds.
appointed for a five-year term, Fraser will oversee university-wide
recruitment and retention strategies and practices, developing
initiatives to promote diversity among faculty and spousal hiring.
Fraser earned her masters and doctoral degrees in anthropology
at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently on leave from U.Va.,
serving as a program officer specializing in education and scholarship
with the Ford Foundation in New York.
will be working to professionalize faculty development at U.Va.,
Fraser said. Ill be looking not only at recruitment,
but also at career development for new and existing faculty members.
We need to rethink what it means to be a professor.
will serve a two-year term, working to expand and promote U.Va.s
international programs in education and research. Grossman earned
a masters degree in preventive medicine and an M.D. from
the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Grossman
grew up in India, and her international experience and involvement
in numerous organizations have colored her medical career.
have been here for 22 years and I love what I do, Grossman
said. There are extremely impressive international initiatives
and opportunities at this university, but they need recognition,
backing, growth and celebration. I look forward to building on
the incredible work that
[others] have done in shoring
up and building our international initiatives.