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Provost post sees change

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Provost post sees change

Jane Knodell, provost since 2009, announced in November that she would be stepping down from the university’s number two role at the start of the new year. A longtime UVM professor of economics, Knodell resumes her position on the university’s faculty.

President Tom Sullivan praised Knodell’s leadership on initiatives from establishing the first Spires of Excellence to strategic enrollment planning to balancing budgets in difficult times, and also helping with a smooth transition since his arrival on campus in July.

A national search for UVM’s next permanent provost is under way with the expectation to hire a candidate by fall semester 2013. In the interim, President Sullivan turned to an experienced hand to fill the interim provost role—Robert B. Low, professor emeritus of molecular physiology and biophysics. He brings more than forty years or experience as a faculty member and administrator in UVM’s College of Medicine. And this is Low’s second run as provost, an office he held from 1992 to 1996 under President Tom Salmon.

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