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From the Office of the Provost
January 12, 2010, Volume 56, No. 17

Lynn Hollen Lees Appointed Vice Provost for Faculty


Provost Vincent Price is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynn Hollen Lees, professor of history in the School of Arts & Sciences, as Vice Provost for Faculty, effective January 1, 2010. 

“We are extraordinarily fortunate,” said Provost Price, “to attract to this position a senior faculty member with Lynn’s breadth of knowledge and experience. She is one of Penn’s most experienced faculty leaders and administrators, and we will all benefit from her wise counsel in the years ahead.  

I am indebted to the consultative committee led by Bob Hornik, Chair-Elect of the Faculty Senate, for its hard work and valuable insights during the selection process.” 

Dr. Lees, a scholar of European urban history, is co-director of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, chair of the Graduate Group in International Studies, and a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. She has taught at Penn for 35 years, including two terms as chair of the department of history.

She has published eight books, including histories of English poor laws and Irish migrants in Victorian London. Her influential The Making of Urban Europe, 1000-1995, co-written with economist Paul Hohenberg, is in its second edition and has been translated into French and Italian. She earned a PhD and MA in history from Harvard University and a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College. 

The Vice Provost for Faculty, reporting directly to the Provost, oversees all aspects of faculty life and the academic personnel process at Penn, including recruitment, retention, and retirement; appointments, tenure, and promotions; enhancement of faculty diversity and gender and minority equity; and resolution of individual faculty issues, including grievances. She will coordinate the Provost’s Staff Conference and work closely with the deans and chairs of Penn’s 12 schools, as well as the Faculty Senate, Vice President for Human Resources, Ombudsman, Affirmative Action Officer, and PASEF (Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty).


Related: Final Report of The Consultative Committee on the Appointment of a Vice Provost for Faculty

Almanac - January 12, 2010, Volume 56, No. 17