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Interim Provost Appointed

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President.  Dr. Robert B. Low, Professor Emeritus of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

The following message was sent to the university community from President Sullivan on Dec. 21.

To The University of Vermont Community:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of an outstanding scholar, experienced administrator, and longtime University citizen to the position of Interim Provost and Senior Vice President.  Dr. Robert B. Low, Professor Emeritus of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, has agreed to assume this important role, pending Board of Trustees' approval, for the period beginning January 1, 2013 through the completion of our national search for Provost.  The expected completion time for that search is Fall, 2013.  As I noted in my letter of December 14, the Interim Provost will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Professor Low has had a highly distinguished career, most of which has been spent at The University of Vermont, where he has been a faculty member in the College of Medicine since 1970.  Bob holds a B.A. (Biology) from Princeton University, his Ph.D. (Physiology) from the University of Chicago, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Biology).

Bob has an impressive record of scholarship, with nearly 100 publications, and has served on numerous University-wide, college and departmental committees, focusing on a wide range of tasks including strategic planning, research, grant reviews, improving the RPT "green sheet" process, and reviews of administrative personnel.  He held the positions of UVM Interim Provost and Provost from 1992 to 1996, as well as Interim Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and Associate Dean for Research, and has been responsible for administrative oversight of medical education and faculty affairs in the College.  Bob has taught undergraduate, graduate, and medical students and continues to maintain an active teaching schedule in the College of Medicine.

Bob will provide experienced and steady leadership to our academic enterprise over the months preceding the completion of our national search and the appointment of UVM’s next Provost. I am deeply grateful to Bob for accepting this role, as he is foregoing certain personal and academic plans to do so. I hope you will offer him your support and assistance as he helps us all to move UVM forward.

Once again, on behalf of all of us, let me extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. Jane Knodell for her service as Provost and Senior Vice President.  We offer every best wish to Jane for her continued success in the future.

With appreciation to all and best wishes for the holiday season,
Tom Sullivan, President