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Final Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Selection of an Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
September 4, 2007, Volume 54, No. 2

The search committee was established by Provost Ronald Daniels in early February, 2007 under the chairmanship of Edward Rock, Associate Dean and Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law, School of Law. Other members were:  David Balamuth, Associate Dean and Professor of Physics, School of Arts and Sciences; Dawn Bonnell, Trustee Term Professor of Materials Sciences and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science; Richard Herring, Jacob Safra Professor of International Banking and Professor of Finance, Wharton; Avery Goldstein, Professor and Chair, Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences; Neville Strumpf, Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology, Nursing; John Jackson, Richard Perry University Associate Professor of Communications and Anthropology, Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences; and Alan Wasserstein, Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine.  Linda Koons, Executive Assistant to the Provost, served as staff to the Committee.

The Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs is a full-time position responsible to the Provost for the overall management of the academic personnel process, in particular issues related to faculty recruitment, retention and retirement; the enhancement of faculty diversity; the resolution of individual faculty issues, including faculty grievances; and the appointment and tenure process.  A number of offices also report to the Associate Provost, including the Office of the Chaplain and Penn’s various arts and culture groups.  In addition, the Associate Provost works closely with the Provost and his other senior administrators regarding some of the larger strategic issues confronting the University.

Accordingly, the committee sought candidates who had extensive knowledge about the University and its faculty personnel and administrative policies and practices; who were tactful and discreet in handling confidential and sensitive information; and who were able to work well with faculty, staff, deans and department chairs while solving often difficult problems.

Only current tenured members of the Penn faculty were considered for the position.  Nominations were solicited from the faculty and a notice was placed in Almanac. A total of 24 faculty were considered for the position, of whom six were women and two were underrepresented minorities.  The committee interviewed ten possible candidates, including one minority candidate and one woman.  The committee forwarded the names of three candidates to Provost Ronald Daniels, who subsequently named one of the candidates, Vincent Price, the Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication and Political Science, as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, effective July 1, 2007.

Edward Rock, Chair
Committee for the Selection of an
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Almanac - September 4, 2007, Volume 54, No. 2