Interim Provost; Videka Assumes Interim VP Research
Interim President John R. Ryan has
announced the appointment of Jeryl Mumpower to
the position of interim provost. Ryan replaces
Carlos Santiago, who left at the end of the academic
year to accept the position of chancellor of the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“Jeryl has the administrative expertise,
professional experience, and a strong commitment
to the mission and values that form this great
University. We are fortunate that as interim provost,
he will provide the energetic leadership that
will continue to promote and guide the wonderful
work and accomplishments of UAlbany,” Ryan said.
“I know you will want to congratulate
Jeryl on his assuming this critical new responsibility
and that you will support him in his interim stewardship.
He is eager to work creatively and closely with
each of you to maintain the University at Albany’s
“I am pleased that Jeryl has accepted
my offer to serve as Interim Provost and am looking
forward to a productive and exciting partnership,”
In addition, Ryan has announced
the appointment of Lynn Videka to the position
of Interim Vice President for Research, to fill
the vacancy left by Mumpower’s new appointment.
She assumed her duties on a part-time basis June
1, and will complete transition to the full-time
position by July 1.
Videka is a professor of social
welfare and known to many throughout the University.
She joined the UAlbany faculty in 1981, having
earned both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from
the University of Chicago. In the years since,
she has served with distinction as a teacher,
scholar, and administrator, including service
as dean of the School of Social Welfare from 1989
to 1999. She was designated a Collins Fellow in
2002. Videka is familiar with the services and
issues that support the institution’s research
program. This past year she served as chair of
the University Senate’s Council on Research. She
is also director of the Center for Human Services
Research and principal investigator for sponsored
research and demonstration programs that have
attracted more than $1.5 million annually in external
funds from federal and state government as well
as private sources. She has been at the forefront
of the strategic effort to advance the University’s
community engagement agenda, particularly through
stronger links with non-profit organizations in
the Capital Region and beyond.
A search for a permanent vice president
for research will be launched upon completion
of the Presidential Search and following consultation
with campus constituencies.