U.Va. Appoints Three New
September 4, 2003 --
University of Virginia President John T. Casteen
III has named three new vice provosts — 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 later this month.
Gertrude Fraser, associate
professor of anthropology, will become vice provost for faculty advancement
in January. Also in January, 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 University's
faculty ranks,” Casteen
said. “They know this place well, and have solid ideas about how to
promote constructive change and development. These are complex times for
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."
his five-year term, Adams will represent the provost’s
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 undergraduates.
After a restructuring of the provost’s office, Adams
takes on some of the duties previously performed by Barbara
Nolan, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English, who has returned
received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
from Virginia Tech and his doctorate in biomedical engineering from
U.Va. He has published
extensively in peer-reviewed journals in biomedical engineering and
won numerous awards for his research and teaching. These
include a Career
from the National Institutes of Health and recognition as an outstanding
teacher from the U.Va. Alumni Association, the Engineering School’s
Rodman Scholars program and the University, which nominated him twice
for an outstanding faculty
award with the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.
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. She replaces Alex M. Johnson Jr.,
formerly a professor on the U.Va. law faculty, who served as vice
faculty recruitment and retention until July 2002, when he accepted
as dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law at the University
of Minnesota Law School.
earned her bachelor’s
degree in anthropology at Bryn Mawr College and her master’s
and doctoral degrees in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University.
She is currently on leave from U.Va., serving as a program
specializing in the field of education and scholarship with the
Ford Foundation in New York. Before joining the U.Va. faculty,
she taught at Cornell University.
Fraser has published extensively on midwifery and rural health
with research support from such government and private
funding agencies as the National Institutes
of Health and the Lilly and Ford foundations.
will serve a two-year term, working to expand and promote
international programs in education and research. She will replace
William Quandt, the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of
Government and Foreign Affairs, who was
named the University’s first vice provost for international
affairs in August 2000. The position was created upon the recommendation
of the International
Commission, one of the four Virginia 2020 committees charged
with envisioning the University of Virginia's third century.
earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University,
degree in preventive medicine and an M.D. from the Medical
College of Pennsylvania. She joined U.Va. as an assistant professor
pediatrics in 1981 and has served
in various departments, including anesthesia, epidemiology,
pediatrics and South Asian Studies.
grew up in India, an experience that has shaped her
career. She has served as a consultant with the Pan American
of a pediatric resident International Medicine elective;
as director of an exchange between the U.Va. Department of
the Hospital Nacional
in San Jose, Costa Rica; as consultant and lecturer at King
Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; as a pediatrician
Haiti; and as a consultant with Project Hope.
Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857