Deans of Law and Wharton

With searches still in progress for both deanships, the Law School's Dean Colin Diver has agreed to continue in office for the remainder of the summer, while Wharton's Dean Thomas Gerrity has carried out his announced plan to leave office June 30. In both cases, President Judith Rodin said, the search committees are still actively at work, and decisions about interim deans have not yet been made. At the Wharton School, the ranking senior officer at present is Dr. Patrick Harker, who became deputy dean on July 1 as Dr. Janice Bellace stepped down to become president of Singapore Management University (see stories below).

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

Effective July 1 Dr. Janice Madden returned to full-time faculty status after completing eight years as Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Under the general oversight of the Provost, the Office of the VPGE is currently staffed by Assistant Vice Provost Karen Lawrence and Staff Assistant Mary Esterheld.

Community House: Dr. Connolly

Dr. Thomas Connolly, professor emeritus of music, will step down as Faculty Master of Community House this summer, according to Dr. David Brownlee, Director of College Houses and Academic Services.

Tom and Margaret Connolly "brought to Community House both a passionate commitment to the ideals of an academic community and an extraordinary reservoir of stamina and good humor," Dr. Brownlee said as he announced the search for a successor. "I am especially grateful for Tom's guidance as a member of the steering committee of the Residential Faculty Council. And generations of Penn students will benefit from his work as co-chair of the architectural advisory committee for one of the new College Houses that will be created as the historic Quandrangle is renovated."

Search for a Master: Tenured members of the faculty are invited to apply for the Faculy Master position immediately. A curriculum vitae and cover letter should be sent to Professor Brownlee at the Office of College Houses and Academic Services, 112 Hamilton College House, 3901 Locust Walk/6180. Community House, located in the historic Quad, has a student population of 469 and is staffed by a House Dean, a Faculty Fellow, eight Graduate Associates, and 14 Resident Advisors. The Faculty Master is responsible for developing the College House as an academic resource for the University, promoting academic programs in residence, fostering student and faculty interaction, and nurturing a supportive community. Residency is required, and the Faculty Master is provided with a three-bedroom apartment, free parking, and dining privileges for her/himself and immediate family. More information call (215) 898-5551.

President of Singapore Management University: Dr. Bellace

Dr. Janice Bellace, deputy dean of the Wharton School, has been named the first president of Singapore Management University, a new instititution originated in a collaborative agreement between the School and the Singapore Institute of Management in 1998.

Accepting the post for a two-year term effective July 1, 1999, she retains her tenure status while taking a two-year leave of absence from teaching. Based primarily here, she will lead a faculty core planning team in developing SMU as Singapore's third university.

Dr. Bellace joined the School in 1977, after earning a B.A. and a J.D. at Penn and an M.Sc. at the London School of Economics, and rose through the ranks to become the Samuel A. Blank Professor of Legal Studies and a professor of management; as deputy dean she has been the School's chief academic officer as well. She has published extensively on labor and employment law, and is credited by Former Dean Thomas Gerrity with enhancing the School's leadership in information technology, and dramatically expanding the School's globalization. "Strong growth in standing faculty can be directly attributed to her efforts, as well as the internationalization of faculty through vehicles such as exchange programs and research relationships with universities around the world," he said.

 Dr. Bellace, above, continues on the faculty while serving as president of the new Singapore institution. She is succeeded as deputy dean by Dr. Harker, below.

Wharton Deputy Dean: Dr. Harker

The new deputy dean of the Wharton School is Dr. Patrick T. Harker, UPS Transportation Professor for the Private Sector and professor of operations and information management and systems engineering.

An alumnus of SEAS and of the Wharton School, Dr. Harker is the youngest faculty member to be awarded an endowed professorship in Wharton' history. He has chaired the Operations and Information Management Department at Wharton and the Systems Department at SEAS, and directed Wharton's Fishman-Davidson Center for the Study of the Service Sector. A former White House Fellow and Presidential Young Investigator, he is now a Senior Fellow in the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and co-principal investigator on a $6 million Sloan Foundation project to study productivity and technological impacts in financial services. Dr. Harker has published five books and over 80 professional articles, and is credited with the creation of the new MBA major in technological innovation.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 1, July 13, 1999