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Provost's changes detailed

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 1 - August 25, 1994

Senior Vice President and Provost E. Fred Carlisle has announced changes in staffing and responsibilities related to the Phase II plan for academic administrative units and to the appointment of a long-time staff member, Joyce Williams-Green, as director of black studies.

The assistant provost position, held by Williams-Green, will not be refilled. Susan Brooker-Gross, associate provost for undergraduate studies, will assume responsibility for student-retention programs--Academic Enrichment and Athletic Advising programs--and the Honor System. The Summer School budget will be decentralized and allocated to the colleges for their management. Cooperative Education, which also reported to the assistant provost, was merged with Placement to form Career Services as of July 1.

Administrative resources have been reallocated to create a new Women's Center which opens Fall 1994. The Women's Center will offer advocacy, support services, and educational programming concerning women's issues for the faculty, staff, students, and community members. Penny Burge, professor of vocational technical education, has been appointed director. The coordinator for sexual assault education, formerly part of the staff of the dean of students, will serve as assistant director of the Women's Center. The Women's Center staff will be located in 211 Lane until appropriate facilities are available.

Patricia Hyer has been promoted from assistant to associate provost for administration effective July 1. Hyer's major responsibilities include faculty personnel, governance and policy issues, and diversity.

In addition, the director of the Women's Center will report to her.

In response to the recommendations of the University Committee on Environmental Studies, Carlisle has appointed a special assistant to the provost effective August 16 for a two-year period. David Conn, professor of urban affairs and planning, will serve in this role on a half-time basis while continuing instructional responsibilities in his home department. Conn will provide coordination for the university's undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental studies and help bring focus and visibility to Virginia Tech's environmental-research and outreach activities.

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