It has been a great opportunity for me to serve as interim provost, especially working with President Eibeck and her cabinet and administration. I have gotten to spend more time interacting with the fantastic faculty, staff and students in Stockton. These days, I have a greater appreciation for all the wonderful things the University is doing.
My time as interim provost will be coming to a close early next year, as the University recently announced the appointment of Dr. Maria G. Pallavicini as the new provost after a year-long national search. Dr. Pallavicini has a terrific background in teaching, research and administration and I have no doubt she is going to be a great asset to us all. The official announcement about her appointment can be found on the main University of the Pacific website.
She is due to come on board as provost on February 1, 2011. I look forward to returning home to San Francisco to once again be an intimate part of the Dugoni School family. You particularly appreciate family when you have been away!
Thanks for all the hard work you have all done during my absence, and for the great support you have given Dr. Nadershahi. His accomplishments as acting dean have been extraordinary.
Until the new provost officially starts, I will continue to maintain my schedule as interim provost in Stockton, with occasional visits back to the dental school in San Francisco.
Throughout all these changes, we are still moving forward on our important initiative: the future of the dental school’s facilities. I am looking forward to being able to continue to devote more time and energy to this project, and am excited to see what (and where) the future brings us!