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Associate Vice Provost: William Gipson
January 15, 2008, Volume 54, No. 17



William Gipson, who has served as University Chaplain and Special Advisor to the President  since 1996, has been named Penn’s Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access effective January 1.

Provost Ronald Daniels will appoint an Interim Chaplain and will convene a search committee to advise on the appointment of a new University Chaplain. Mr. Gipson has agreed to continue to provide the University with Chaplaincy support and counsel as the search for a new University Chaplain moves forward in the spring.

Mr. Gipson also serves as co-principal investigator for the Program in Universities, Communities of Faith, Schools and Neighborhood Organizations. He is the faculty master of the W.E.B. Du Bois College House and an adjunct assistant professor in religious studies. Formerly, Mr. Gipson served as associate dean of religious life and of the Chapel at Princeton University and has held several positions in instruction and academic support.

“I view this new position as a great opportunity to advance the President’s and the Provost’s commitments to the ideals of access and equity,” Mr. Gipson remarked. “I look forward to working with VPUL Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Associate Provost for Education Andy Binns, a fabulous faculty advisory group, and colleagues in the VPUL division, as well as our partners across the University, in making the Penn experience even richer and fuller for all our students and strengthening our strong pipeline programs and initiatives.”

Dr. McCoullum praised Mr. Gipson’s hiring. “With great delight, we welcome Will home to this new partnership within our VPUL family. Will has been a wonderful colleague, a tireless resource and advocate for our students, and a faithful partner in building our truly diverse community here at Penn. I know he’ll be a wonderful counsel to me and leader for our important pipeline and retention efforts.”

As Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access under the VPUL, Mr. Gipson will provide leadership for the day-to-day administration of critical VPUL grant-funded and institutional access, pipeline, and retention initiatives in service to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Penn. Mr. Gipson will serve as the Vice Provost’s liaison for VPUL pipeline initiatives to key faculty and school partners across the University, including the Faculty Council on Academic Support.

In addition, Mr. Gipson will lead a major Penn retention effort to fully implement initiatives that will eliminate evidenced cohort group academic achievement disparities. He will also oversee departments that provide college preparatory programs for community youth and adults, baccalaureate-level academic enrichment programs and services, and post-baccalaureate preparation initiatives for Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.


Almanac - January 15, 2008, Volume 54, No. 17