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December 9, 1997

Volume 44, Number 15

Interim Provost: Dr. Wachter

Dr. Michael Wachter, Deputy Provost since 1995, has been named Interim Provost effective January 1.

"Before the holidays I will announce the formation of a committee to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for Stan Chodorow, who will step down as Provost at the end of this month, said President Judith Rodin "While the search is underway, I know Michael will do an outstanding job as Interim Provost."

Dr. Michael Wachter, who takes office January 1 as Interim Provost, is a nationally known scholar in law and economics who joined Penn as assistant profesor in 1969 with his B.S. from Cornell and M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. Since that time he has become Professor of Economics, Management and Law; Director of the Institute for Law and Economics (since 1984); and Deputy Provost (since 1995).

He is the author or co-author of scores of articles, papers and books in his field, and has held numerous noteworthy research positions including Senior Advisor to the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity and member of the National Council on Employment Policy, and Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Sometimes he wins teaching awards, like this year's Lindback Award, and other times first prizes in art shows, like the recent AMA's. He is Dr. Bernett L. Johnson, Jr. (right), professor of dermatology and vice chair of his department; associate dean of graduate medical education and minority affairs at PennMed; and since his residency days a highly praised painter who can evoke the human condition not only in his portraits and street scenes but in quiet interiors like The Meetinghouse, left. His one-man show is at the Faculty Club's Burrison Gallery, through December 30.