Low to Step Down as U.Va. Provost
8 , 2000 -- University of Virginia Vice
President and Provost Peter W. Low announced today that he will
step down as the University's chief academic officer at the end
of June to return to teaching law.
highly regarded legal scholar who has been a member of the faculty
since 1964, Low has served as provost since 1994, overseeing academic
and related programs in all of U.Va.'s schools except medicine
his term, the University has added numerous innovative courses,
launched an array of interdisciplinary efforts and teaching initiatives,
enjoyed a continued national reputation for the quality of its faculty,
acquired new support for the arts, developed programs for adult
learners, and established others that have put U.Va. on the leading
edge of the digital revolution in education.
Low will be hugely missed for his dedicated work as one of the University's
most skilled administrators," said President John T. Casteen
III. "With a great mind and heart, he has handled countless
complex issues with sensitivity and understanding."
the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law and an authority on constitutional
law and civil rights, said that his years as provost have been "extremely
rewarding. I have been particularly fortunate to have been associated
with an extraordinary group of people in the Provost's Office.
I owe them more than I can say for their loyalty and support over
"I am, and have been, primarily an academic, not an administrator,"
said Low, who will be 64 at the end of his current term. "If
I'm going to return to my academic career at the law school,
now is the time to do it."
has played a key role in numerous University initiatives, many of
them far-reaching, including:
Presiding over the University's self-study for the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools reaccredidation process.
Establishing the Program Review Process that grew out of the self-study.
This systematic review of academic departments assures the quality
of their curricula, teaching, research programs, and services to
Leading efforts to create the University's new adult degree
Building a team of vice provosts, who remain half-time as teachers
while handling specific responsibilities in the central academic
administration such as faculty recruitment and retention and international
Allocating funds to enlarge the Teaching Resource Center, to support
Faculty Senate grants to improve teaching, to retrofit classrooms
with new technology, to support the Desktop Computing Initiative
for faculty and staff in academic departments, and to provide undergraduate
students with funding for joint research projects with faculty members.
* Heading the University group that explored the possible establishment
of a branch campus in Qatar in the Middle East.
University will begin a national search for Low's successor
this fall. Low is an alumnus of Princeton University and a 1963
graduate of the U.Va. law school.
Louise Dudly, (804) 924-1400