President-Elect Ryan Appoints Search Committees for Provost, COO

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President-Elect Ryan Appoints Search Committees for Provost, COO (Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)

On March 23, President-elect James E. Ryan charged two search committees with identifying candidates for the University of Virginia’s next executive vice president and provost and executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Ryan previously announced his intention to launch the two executive searches in a message to the University community on March 12.

Reporting to the president, the executive vice president and provost serves as the chief academic officer of the University and is second-in-command for the institution. The provost oversees education, research and public service in the schools of the University, in the libraries and museums, and in numerous other academic units. The provost also has oversight responsibility for recruiting, hiring, retention and performance of the University’s faculty and for the University’s tenure and promotion process. In collaboration with a strong team of deans, the provost will have a rare opportunity to shape the intellectual future of the University by leading a prolific hiring effort of new faculty.

Reporting to the president, the executive vice president and chief operating officer is the University’s chief administrative, business and operating officer. The COO, in conjunction with the executive vice president and provost and the executive vice president for health affairs, oversees the University’s financial and administrative functions, including human resources, campus services, facilities, real estate, planning and project management, information technology, compliance, emergency preparedness and public safety.

“The new provost and COO will arrive at the University at a momentous time, with the arrival of a new president, and will build upon an exceptional existing leadership team,” Rector Rusty Conner said.

“I am grateful to those who have agreed to serve on these committees for their assistance in identifying outstanding candidates for these critical leadership positions. As part of their work, the committees will be conducting outreach across the University and broader community to seek feedback on the opportunities, challenges and aspirations for the roles,” Ryan said.

The committee charged with identifying the next provost will be chaired by Ian Baucom, the Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences. The members of the committee are:

  • Phil Bourne, Stephenson Chair of Data Science, Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Elizabeth M. Cranwell, member, Board of Visitors
  • Martin Davidson, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration Darden Graduate School of Business
  • Dr. Linda Duska, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
  • Beth Meyer, Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture
  • Robert C. “Bob” Pianta, Dean of the Curry School of Education, Novartis Professor of Education, and Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
  • Melur “Ram” Ramasubramanian, Vice President for Research and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Kiara Rogers, third-year student in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

The search committee for the COO will be chaired by Bob Bruner, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and dean emeritus of the Darden School of Business. The members of the search committee are:

  • Tyler Ambrose, fourth-year student and class trustee, Ridley Scholar, Echols Scholar in Politics Honors Program, Co-chair Housing and Residence Life
  • Adam Daniel, Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Planning, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • Patricia M. “Pat” Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Pace Lochte, Assistant Vice President for Economic Development
  • James V. “Jimmy” Reyes, member, Board of Visitors
  • Margaret Foster “Mimi” Riley, faculty representative, Board of Visitors, and Professor of Law
  • Pamela Sutton-Wallace, CEO, UVA Medical Center

The national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller will assist both committees. Both of these positions are officers of the University’s Board of Visitors.

Additional information about these searches, including how to submit nominations, is available online: Executive Vice President and Provost Search || Executive Vice President and COO Search

The new provost will succeed Executive Vice President and Provost Tom Katsouleas, who originally planned to step down at the end of this academic year. The new COO will succeed Executive Vice President and COO Pat Hogan, who will be retiring from the University in June 2019.

Both Katsouleas and Hogan agreed to serve in their current roles until their respective successors are named.

“Tom and Pat have served the University with distinction, and I remain grateful to each of them for their continued service to the University,” Ryan said.

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