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Vice President of Institutional Affairs: Joann Mitchell
September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5

President Amy Gutmann recently announced that she has decided to restructure the roles and responsibilities of her senior staff. “Specifically, the Vice President/Chief of Staff position needs to be redefined, particularly as the demands on the President’s Office increase as we embark on the Campaign,” she explained. As Dr. Gutmann begins her third year as Penn’s President and assesses the University’s priorities, she has decided to restructure the position into two senior level positions—Vice President of Institutional Affairs, the position Joann Mitchell will assume—and Vice President/Chief of Staff, for which the president will recruit a new person. Both positions will report directly to Dr. Gutmann.

Joann Mitchell has served as the Vice President/Chief of Staff since July 1, 2004 (Almanac March 30, 2004) when she joined Dr. Gutmann as they both came to Penn from Princeton. Dr. Gutmann said, “the scope of the position has evolved beyond what one person can be expected to handle reasonably and successfully.” She added, “Joann Mitchell has served me and the institution extremely well in the current position.”

In her new role as Vice President of Institutional Affairs, Ms. Mitchell will continue to oversee the Office of Affirmative Action, the African American Resource Center, the Office of the Ombudsman, Almanac and in addition, will now oversee Archives and Records and Institutional Research.

The search firm of Isaacson, Miller will begin the search for a new Vice President/Chief of Staff and Dr. Gutmann plans to fill the position as soon as possible. Consistent with Penn’s practices, the appointments to both positions will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Almanac - September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5