Transition Time

As many of you already know, I begin my position as interim provost for University of the Pacific on July 1. I’m very excited about working with President Eibeck over the coming months and look forward to this opportunity to collaborate with many people across our entire institution.

For those who are unclear about what a provost actually does, the position serves as the University’s chief academic officer and has overall responsibility for the institution’s educational and research programs, library services, information technology, enrollment and financial aid, and continuing education. The position oversees programs on three campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco.

The Provost Search Committee will continue its work to fill the provost position in a permanent capacity. Once the position is filled, I look forward to returning as dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry sometime in early 2011.

In the meantime, I wish Dr. Nader Nadershahi the very best as he serves as acting dean of the Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Nadershahi is a talented, innovative and caring leader with many years of experience at the dental school. He exemplifies the humanistic approach and the school will be in very good hands. Students, faculty and staff will continue to see me around the San Francisco campus, as I anticipate spending one day a week at the dental school. In addition, I’ll also continue to lead the planning process for the new school facilities and maintain relationships with our alumni and friends by attending school events throughout this period of time.

In other transitions taking place, I want to wish the very best to our incoming students who are starting their new academic year on July 12. It will be a busy time for the new students as they transition into new surroundings in San Francisco and gear up for studies. And I wish a warm welcome back (amid the summer fog) to returning students, faculty and staff who will be back on campus for the start of summer quarter.

Even though my day-to-day schedule will be changing and you won’t see me as much, I’ll look forward to the times when I can meet up to share more about the exciting things happening across University of the Pacific.