University Of Virginia Leader, Ernie Ern, To Become Interim Chancellor
Of U.Va.'S College At Wise
April 14, 2004 --
Ernest H. Ern, who has served the University of Virginia
in many important capacities during his 38-year career in Charlottesville,
will become interim chancellor at the University's College at Wise,
President John T. Casteen III announced today.
who begins his new role in May, will serve a yearlong term
while the University conducts a search to replace the college's
outgoing chancellor, Steven H. Kaplan, who leaves next month
to become president of the University of New Haven.
am delighted Ernie Ern has agreed to take on the chancellorship
at Wise," Casteen said. "He will provide steady leadership
that will ensure that the College continues its progress during
this year of transition. I am committed to supporting him in
every possible way, and I look forward to working alongside
him in the
said that he is especially pleased that an interim chancellor
of Ern's stature has greed to lead
the Wise campus. "People
all over Virginia know and respect Mr. Ern," he said. "It
would be hard to imagine a better leader for this time when
the College will be pursuing reaffirmation of its accreditation,
of its new software engineering program, and additional progress
with regard to the physical development of the campus."
said Ern, who will come out of retirement to take the position,
has a long history of dedicated service to
schools and colleges generally. The depth and breadth of
Ern's experience in higher education, Casteen said, will
be key in
keeping the College of Wise moving forward with its current
directly to Casteen, Ern will be charged with leading the College's
administrative team in overseeing academic programs, fiscal matters,
campus life, private fund raising and local and state relationships.
While he will be the liaison between the College and the University's
he also will work closely with James M. Gott, chairman
of the Wise board, and all of its members.
my various administrative assignments in Charlottesville, my
personal and professional associations with faculty
and staff at the College at Wise and with friends in Southwest Virginia have
been especially meaningful, productive and enjoyable
in every way," Ern
said. "Accordingly, my wife and I very much look
forward to serving the College and the University during
period in the most effective way possible."
retired from the University in 2000, having served
for the last nine years as senior vice president.
He joined the
in 1962 as an assistant geology professor. His scholarly
work included analyses of geological conditions related
in the Appalachian
region, as well as detailed analyses of rock formations
in central Virginia and the Appalachian region.
years after joining the U.Va. faculty, he became assistant
dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. He then served as
dean of admission from 1967 to 1973. For the next 20 years
he was vice president of student affairs. In 1993, the same
year he became
senior vice president, the Board of Visitors established
the Ernest H. Ern Distinguished Professorship in Environmental
named him a University professor, U.Va.'s highest
academic rank. University professors have the capacity to teach
in any of the
University's schools and colleges.
1998, Ern received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence
character and service to
with his wife Petie, will move to Wise in June, working first
from Charlottesville to prepare
is pending approval of the University's Board,
which meets April 15 in Charlottesville.
Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189