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Kaplan To Leave UVA-Wise

March 10, 2004 -- Chancellor Steven H. Kaplan announced today he is stepping down from his post at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise to become president of the University of New Haven (UNH) in West Haven, Connecticut.

The UNH Board of Governors approved Kaplan’s appointment during a meeting Wednesday morning. Kaplan will succeed Lawrence J. DeNardis, who will retire on July 1, 2004, after serving 13 years as president. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, residential coeducational university offering more than 75 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree programs to its 5,000 students.

“I announce my departure from the College at Wise with pride in all we have accomplished together over the past three years,” Kaplan said in a letter distributed Wednesday afternoon to faculty, staff, and students. “I am very grateful to our faculty, staff, and many constituents for their hard work, resourcefulness, and dedication in the time I have been at the College.”

University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III will visit the Wise
campus on Friday to meet with the College’s Board and with faculty and staff to discuss the transition and plans for the search for Chancellor Kaplan’s successor.

Kaplan became chancellor of UVa-Wise on July 1, 2001. During Kaplan’s tenure, the College initiated a campus beautification plan; launched its 50th anniversary celebration; planned for increased enrollment, higher admissions standards, and new campus housing; and advanced the College’s fund raising capacity. The former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., Kaplan was selected to become the College’s fifth chancellor following a six-month national search process.

A native of Chicago, Kaplan received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976. He completed his graduate studies in comparative literature at Eberhard-Karls Universitat Tübingen in Germany, earning a master’s degree in 1982 and a Ph.D. in 1988. In 1997, he earned a diploma from Harvard University’s Management Development Program. He is the author of a book on American translations of the famed German poet Rainer Maria Rilke and another work about the writings of Vietnam novelist Tim O’Brien.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, UVa-Wise is ranked among the nation’s top ten public liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. The only branch campus of the University of Virginia, UVa-Wise is home to 1,700 students and offers undergraduate and professional programs in the liberal arts tradition of Thomas Jefferson.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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