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Knox named interim dean in Architecture, Urban Studies

By Julie Kane

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 30 - May 1, 1997

Senior Vice President and Provost Peggy Meszaros has appointed University Distinguished Professor Paul Knox to serve as interim dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies for one year, beginning July 1, through June 30, 1998. The search committee, chaired by Charles Steger, vice president of Development and University Relations, will continue its search for a permanent dean.

"Events on campus as well as in the Virginia higher-education community demand aggressive and strategic leadership," Meszaros said. "I pledge my support to Paul and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies as we venture forward in 1997-98," she continued.

Knox, an internationally renowned geographer, has served the college as associate dean for academic affairs since August 1993. He is also the current director of the Ph.D. program in Environmental Design and Planning, and a professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning.

A scholar in the interdisciplinary field of urbanization, Knox has written 12 books and authored more than 100 academic publications. His most recent text has been adopted by more than 80 North American universities. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of the top 10 international journals in his field. He has been designated a "master weaver" for his influence on the structure of contemporary geographic research.

In 1988, he joined the ranks of a small group of "New Centurions," geography researchers whose work has been cited in certain recognized scientific journals 100 times or more during a five-year period.

Knox has both his bachelor's and his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Sheffield, England. He has lectured at universities in Finland, New Zealand, Scotland, Hungary, and Norway, as well as at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oklahoma.