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Interim Provost Appointed - November 6, 2018

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Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Edelgard (Elga) Wulfert, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has agreed to serve as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, beginning January 1, 2019.

Across her more than thirty years at the University at Albany, Dr. Wulfert has served multiple roles including faculty member, researcher and scholar, department chair, University Senate chair, co-chair of the President’s Diversity Council, active participant in countless ad hoc committees and study groups, and, for the past decade, CAS dean.

Given her experience and deep engagement, as exemplified by her designation as a Collins Fellow, Dean Wulfert is exceptionally qualified to serve as our chief academic officer during this interim period. She has agreed to serve in this capacity until a permanent provost is installed, and will not be a candidate for permanent provost. Details regarding transition planning within CAS will be forthcoming.

Provost Stellar and Dr. Wulfert will immediately commence discussions and transitionary measures to facilitate a smooth run-up to her January 1, 2019 start date. I very much look forward to working collaboratively with Dr. Wulfert to advance the University’s agenda, including the implementation of our Strategic Plan, and progress toward our vision to be the nation’s leading diverse public research university.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Wulfert on this appointment, and in offering her your support in this critical role.
 


Sincerely,

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Havidán Rodríguez
President

Search Committee Formed - October 23, 2018

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Dear Colleagues:

As you already know, we are embarking on a national search for the University at Albany’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. In the following section, we provide some updates regarding the status of the search process.

After significant feedback and nominations from the University community, I am very pleased to report that the Search Committee has been constituted and that I have appointed two Co-Chairs to take the leadership in this critical process. Dr. Lynn Warner, Dean of the School of Social Welfare, and Dr. David Holtgrave, Dean of the School of Public Health, will Co-Chair the Committee, which is comprised of faculty and professional staff, academic and administrative leaders from a number of schools and colleges and administrative areas, as well as student representatives, as follows:

David Holtgrave, Co-Chair
Dean, School of Public Health
Lynn Warner, Co-Chair
Dean, School of Social Welfare
Anna Agnes
Graduate Student Representative
Jeanette Altarriba
Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Collins Fellow
Marlene Belfort
Professor of Biological Sciences & member of the National Academy of Sciences 
Andrew Berglund
Professor of Biological Sciences & Direcotr of the RNA Institute
Kim Boyer
Dean, College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Langie Cadesca
Undergraduate Student Representative
James Dias
Vice President for Research
Cynthia Fox
Associate Professor and Chair of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Robert Griffin
Dean, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security
William Hedberg
Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Everette Joseph
Director, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
Janine Jurkowski
Professor of Health Policy and Associate Dean, School of Public Health
Zina Lawrence
University Senate Chair Elect and Assistant Dean for the School of Business
Li Niu
Professor and Chair of Chemistry
Estela Rivero
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Health & Counseling
Fardin Sanai
Vice President for Advancement & Executive Director of the University at Albany Foundation
Lee Serravillo
Executive Director of the Alumni Association
Gilbert Valverde
Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Educational Policy & Leadership
Gina Volynsky
Director, Center for International Development
Meredith Weiss
Professor and Chair for the Department of Political Science

 

We have a very strong and diverse committee that represents many stakeholder groups that form part of this great University. The Committee will begin its work later this month with the support of an experienced executive search firm. I will charge the Committee with cultivating a highly competitive and diverse applicant pool, and to complete a confidential screening of candidates as expeditiously as possible.

Staff support for the Search Committee will be provided by JD Hyde, Office of the President, and Dr. Tamra Minor, Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. Please know that we will also actively engage the University community throughout this search process.

Questions regarding the search process should be directed to the Committee Co-Chairs or to my Chief of Staff, Dr. Bruce Szelest. Finally, we will share milestones with the campus community through the search website which can be found at https://www.albany.edu/president.

Let’s convey our most sincere appreciation to the Search Committee Co-Chairs and its members for the critically important work they are about to undertake.
 

Sincerely,

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Havidán Rodríguez
President

 

Provost Search Begins - September 12, 2018

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Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that Provost James Stellar will step down from the Provost’s role and return to the faculty, commencing January 2019.

Dr. Stellar’s passion for teaching and research is self-evident, as he has maintained ties to our students through research projects and his scholarship over the past three and half years. Therefore, I expect his transition back to the classroom and the research laboratory to be smooth. Please join me in conveying our appreciation to Dr. Stellar for his service and commitment to the University at Albany, his work as interim President during a period of transition, and as co-chair of our Strategic Planning Committee and its Implementation Team.

We will begin preparations to launch a national search for our next Provost immediately. That process will necessitate the active engagement and commitment of our campus community to ensure a successful search, so please stay tuned for further information and new developments.

Again, please join me in thanking Provost Stellar for his service and commitment to our University.


Sincerely,

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Havidán Rodríguez
President