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May 29, 2013

From:  Tom Sullivan, President
             Bob Low, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President
To:      University of Vermont Community

RE:      Interim Appointments:  Vice President for Research and Graduate College Dean

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two highly qualified members of the UVM community to key interim appointments that will extend through June 30, 2014.

Dr. Cynthia J. Forehand, Professor of Neurological Sciences, has been appointed to the position of Interim Dean of the Graduate College.  Dr. Forehand has been a faculty member at UVM since 1987 and is currently Associate Dean of the Graduate College.  She is a highly respected teacher and researcher, and has a strong record of success in securing extramural funding for her research.  Dr. Forehand has published extensively within her academic discipline, and has served our University and other professional organizations on a variety of committees, task forces, and searches.

Dr. John N. Evans, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, has been appointed to the position of Interim Vice President for Research.  Dr. Evans has been a faculty member in the College of Medicine since 1976, and has held a number of senior leadership positions during his tenure at UVM including Executive Dean of the College of Medicine, Dean of the College of Medicine, and Senior Advisor to the President.  In addition to his scholarly work and extensive research activities, Dr. Evans has broad experience in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, company start-ups, government and business relations, and economic development.  He will not be a candidate for a permanent position.  After completing his one year term as Interim Vice President, Dr. Evans will begin a two-year phased retirement from the University.

We are grateful that Drs. Evans and Forehand have agreed to serve in these important interim roles.  During the fall semester, we will be completing an analysis of the current structure and functions that have been supervised by the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College.  This will include consideration of findings and recommendations made by the Faculty Senate Committee on Research, Scholarship, and the Creative Arts, Chaired by Professor Richard Galbraith.  Once that process is completed, appropriate restructuring, if any, will be implemented and a search for new leadership for the resulting areas of responsibility will be initiated.  Our current working presumption is that we will search for a single position next year, with an appropriate title to be determined.

Tom Sullivan
University of Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont 05405

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