John S. Pipkin
The 1994 winner of both the President's Award and State University of New York Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching, and an administrator honored nationally for his advocacy on behalf of University at Albany freshmen, have been named the new dean and associate dean in the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
John S. Pipkin, professor in the Department of Geography and Planning and a faculty member for 21 years, will take over the dean's post as well as become Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He succeeds Sung Bok Kim, who returns full-time to the faculty in the Department of History after serving a total of seven years in the post between September 1987 and August 1, 1995.
"Excellence in undergraduate education is a very important part of the University's mission," said Pipkin. "I'm delighted to be able to play a role - particularly following the superb job done for so many years by my predecessor, Sung Bok Kim."
Pipkin was also the 1987 winner of the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Service. Judy Genshaft, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, said that his distinction in both areas indicates a strong commitment to the importance of a high-quality academic experience for undergraduates.
"John Pipkin has an outstanding record of concern for and outreach to Albany's undergraduates," said Genshaft. "But he is also widely recognized by the faculty as a teacher and scholar with the very highest academic standards. This is an ideal mix to bring to this sensitive position."
Pipkin has a joint appointment on the doctoral faculty in information science. The author and editor of four books on urban planning, he has been an active participant in the formation of the University's current general education program.
Assuming the associate dean's position is Carson Carr Jr., formerly associate dean of Academic Support Services. For 10 years the director of the University's Educational Opportunities Program (he will remain in that post), Carr has been responsible for the design and implementation of University-wide programs to assist undergraduate students, and particularly freshmen, in their academic and personal adjustment to University life.
Named one of the nation's Outstanding Freshman Advocates in 1992 by the National Resource Center for the Freshman Experience at the University of South Carolina, Carr also becomes an assistant vice president in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Genshaft said that Carr "has a sensitivity to students from diverse backgrounds, and has been highly successful in managing a variety of University programs that connect students, faculty, and academic and campus life."
President Hitchcock lauded the new appointments, saying that "John Pipkin and Carson Carr represent decades of dedication to the enhancement of the undergraduate academic experience at Albany. Their respect for the ability and potential of our students, and their talent for reaching out to young scholars with innovative programming, make them an outstanding team in the Office of Undergraduate Studies."
The President also thanked Kim for his years of "service and commitment" in the dean's position. "Sung Bok Kim's success as the chief advocate for the undergraduate program, as a recruiter of new and highly qualified students, and as a caring guardian for all 11,000 undergraduates, has been truly remarkable. The entire University community wishes him well as he rejoins the faculty as teacher and researcher."
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