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U.Va. Appoints Three New Vice Provosts

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.

J. 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.

"These 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 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."

Block 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."

During 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 to teaching.

Adams 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 Development Award 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.

Also 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 provost for faculty recruitment and retention until July 2002, when he accepted a position as dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Fraser 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 officer 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 care, with research support from such government and private funding agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the Lilly and Ford foundations.

Grossman will serve a two-year term, working to expand and promote U.Va.’s 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.

Grossman earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, a master’s degree in preventive medicine and an M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She joined U.Va. as an assistant professor in pediatrics in 1981 and has served in various departments, including anesthesia, epidemiology, pediatrics and South Asian Studies.

Grossman grew up in India, an experience that has shaped her career. She has served as a consultant with the Pan American Health Organization; as director of a pediatric resident International Medicine elective; as director of an exchange between the U.Va. Department of Pediatrics and the Hospital Nacional de Ninos in San Jose, Costa Rica; as consultant and lecturer at King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; as a pediatrician providing medical services in Haiti; and as a consultant with Project Hope.

Contact: Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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