July 17, 2001
Volume 48
Number 1


SSW Dean Schwartz: Temple's Next Provost

School of Social Work Dean Ira M. Schwartz, an internationally recognized authority on issues of youth policy and juvenile justice, has been named Provost at Temple University. Last Wednesday, Temple University President David Adamany said, "We are pleased to name Ira Schwartz as Temple's provost after a year-long national search. Dean Schwartz is a distinguished scholar and has proven himself a brilliant academic administrator as Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. He is just the leader Temple needs as we strengthen our programs of teaching and research and expand our commitment to the community." Dr. Schwartz will assume his new responsibilities on September 3, 2001.

Dr. Schwartz has served as dean of the School of Social Work since 1993. During that time, the School has achieved national prominence for preparing social work professionals and for research into public policy issues. He also serves as director of Penn's Center for the Study of Youth Policy.

President Judith Rodin said, "We are sorry to lose Ira Schwartz. He has been an exceptional dean and a national leader and advocate for child welfare. We congratulate him on being appointed provost at Temple, and we are pleased that he will remain in Philadelphia to serve one of our community's important institutions."

As provost, Dr. Schwartz will be responsible for Temple's undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, its 17 colleges and schools, and its research activities.

Dr. Schwartz is the author and co-author of six books, more than 50 articles, and many government and foundation reports with an emphasis on social issues affecting young people, juvenile justice and child welfare. He is vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Youth Work Center; chairman of the board of Qlinx, LLP; a member of the advisory board of the Philadelphia DHS; on the public policy committee of the American Society of Criminology; a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa in Israel and a board member of the Minerva Center for the Study of Youth Policy at the University of Haifa.

William L. Mack's $10 Million Gift:

Mack Center for Technological Innovation

The Wharton School has announced the creation of the William and Phyllis Mack Center for Technological Innovation. As the umbrella organization for all of Wharton's technology management initiatives, the Center will support the research and publishing activities of Wharton faculty members, create an endowed professorship and support a student-run conference. The Center is being established with a $10 million gift from Penn Trustee William L. Mack, W '61, president and senior managing partner of the Mack Organization, a national owner, investor and developer of warehouse facilities. Mr. Mack also serves as chairman of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, a publicly traded REIT that owns and operates a portfolio of office buildings throughout the United States, and he is founder and managing partner of Apollo Real Estate Advisors.

Mr. Mack, a member of Wharton's Board of Overseers, said "Innovation in technology is the way mankind continues to advance and make a better place for itself. The future of the world has to do with technological innovation. Wharton's role is to help companies improve how they manage technological innovation."

The Center will include the Mack Program in Technological Innovation, which will encompass the Wharton Emerging Technologies Management Research Program, a high-level corporate learning network for senior executives and academic researchers guided by a cross-disciplinary group of senior Wharton faculty members and staff. Industry partners include Bank of Montreal, Charles Schwab, DuPont, Enron, Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, IBM, McKinsey & Co., NSA, Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Sprint, Xerox and 3M Company. Senior executives from these firms help plan the activities of the program, participate in workshops and conferences, and provide Wharton researchers with valuable insight into the operating challenges faced by decision-makers across many industries. The program will also encompass the MBA major in Technological Innovation, which is administered through the School's OPIM Department.

Mr. Mack's gift has created an endowed Mack Professorship to be awarded to a senior faculty member whose primary commitment is to teaching and research in the management of technological innovation.

The Mack Center will also support an annual student-run Mack Conference to bring together industry leaders, government policy-makers and Wharton faculty and students to discuss critical issues in the management of technological innovation. The Mack Center will work in concert with Wharton's related initiatives, such as the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center and the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program. George Day, Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor and professor of marketing, and Harbir Singh, Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management, will serve as co-directors of the Mack Center.

"Bill Mack's incredible commitment to establish this Center will be the cornerstone of some of the School's most critical and visible activities of the 21st century," said Dean Patrick T. Harker. "The Center will ensure Wharton's status as the global educational leader in managing technological development and innovation, with far-reaching impact on our students and the entire business community."


Mr. Erichsen to Getty Trust; Ms. White: General Counsel

Peter C. Erichsen, Vice President and General Counsel for Penn and UPHS, will leave to become Vice President and General Counsel for The J. Paul Getty Trust, a private cultural and philanthropic foundation in Los Angeles. He assumes his new position in September.

Mr. Erichsen will direct and manage all legal activities as well as play an active role in helping set the strategic vision for the Getty, which encompasses the J. Paul Getty Museum, institutes for research and conservation, plus a grant program supporting learning and scholarship about the visual arts and cultural heritage.

Mr. Erichsen has served as Vice President and General Counsel for Penn and the Health System for nearly four years. During that time he has engineered and managed the combining of the separate University and Health System legal offices into a unified Office of General Counsel. "Under his leadership, OGC has flourished as a team of professionals committed to providing outstanding legal services," said President Judith Rodin in announcing Mr. Erichsen's departure.

"Peter oversaw the coordination of the legal response to some of our greatest institutional challenges, including the death of a volunteer in a gene therapy clinical trial and the restructuring of the Health System. His advice--not only on legal topics, but on a whole range of strategic issues--will be sorely missed," Dr. Rodin said. Wendy S. White, Deputy General Counsel for Penn, will become the new Vice President and General Counsel upon Mr. Erichsen's departure at the end of this summer. "We are truly fortunate to have someone with Wendy's demonstrated leadership skills and depth and breadth of experience already on board to assume this key position," said President Rodin.

Ms. White came to Penn in September 1999 from the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner, where she had been the administrative partner, specializing in litigation and in issues related to non-profit institutions. She took her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Penn Law in 1975.

"She has played a key role in developing our legal responses to a variety of major challenges, managed the legal activities for a broad range of institutional issues across the University, and provided advice and counsel on numerous other issues. We are confident that she will be a tremendous addition to the University's leadership team."

Lee J. Dobkin will become Deputy General Counsel for Penn and Chief Counsel for UPHS. Mr. Dobkin joined the Office of General Counsel in March 1997, where he currently serves as Deputy General Counsel for Compliance and Executive Director for Compliance and Training. He had previously served as a section chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District in Pennsylvania. He took his J.D. degree cum laude, from Penn Law in 1982.

"The University has benefited greatly from Lee's expertise and counsel on a broad range of Health System and related issues," said Dr. Rodin. Among his accomplishments are the successful completion of Clinical Practice of the University of Pennsylvania's (CPUP) five year Corporate Integrity Agreement with the federal government, and the re-design of the Health System's Billing Compliance Program, as well as providing legal guidance to the University's continuing efforts to ensure that clinical research at Penn meets the highest possible standards for patient safety.

$14 Million Grant for Bioengineering Education

The Whitaker Foundation announced a $14 million Leadership Development Award to the Department of Bioengineering, a leader in bioengineering education since granting the nation's first Ph.D. in the discipline 40 years ago. The Whitaker funds will be matched by Penn support of $42.8 million, for a total $56.8 million initiative.

"The University's strong belief in and commitment to the important role of engineering and technology on its campus is reflected in this extraordinarily generous investment in this initiative," said SEAS Dean Eduardo D. Glandt.

The multi-year Whitaker grant will make possible new facilities for Bioengineering, the recruitment of seven new faculty members and additional funds for graduate student support.

"We are pleased and honored to be the recipients of this award acknowledging Penn's strength in biomedical engineering education and research," said Dr. Daniel A. Hammer, professor and chair of bioengineering and principal investigator on the award. "This is an extraordinary time for biomedical engineering in the U.S., and Penn, with its strengths in engineering and medicine, is well-poised to take advantage of new medical discoveries and new advances in human health."

A major objective of the grant is to use insights and techniques of modern molecular medicine and cell biology to prevent and treat diseases, Dr. Hammer said, through technologies such as genomics, proteomics and cell and tissue engineering.

"Engineering will play an increasing role in the development and application of these concepts from fundamental biology to clinical treatment," Dr. Hammer said.

The Whitaker award is earmarked for further development of four of the department's existing clinical research and teaching strengths: orthopedic bioengineering, cardiovascular bioengineering, injury bioengineering and neuroengineering.

A cornerstone of the Agenda for Excellence, the bioengineering department will gain a new building, with modern research and educational facilities. The grant will also allow the department, now with 14 faculty, to grow by more than 50 percent.

Based in Arlington, Va., the foundation's mission is to promote better human health through advancements in medicine and rehabilitation. The foundation administers a series of competitive grant programs supporting research and education in biomedical engineering at institutions in the U.S. and Canada.


Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 1, July 17, 2001