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Appointments and Restructuring in the Provost's Office

By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
October 14, 2009

University Professor and Provost John Aber recently announced two changes in position and title for people serving in leadership positions at the university. Julie Williams, currently associate vice president for research and outreach scholarship, will report directly to the provost as senior vice provost in the area of engagement and academic outreach. Janet Campbell, who was acting senior vice provost for research until the appointment of Jan Nisbet to that position, has been appointed interim director of EOS until Harlan Spence assumes the position Jan. 1.    

“President Huddleston has taken a very positive step in folding what was the separate research function, with a separate vice president, into the Academic Affairs office,” said Aber.  "This is both a symbolic and very practical step towards fulfilling the university's goal of fully integrating teaching, research and engagement. Both of the people affected by this announcement have brought innovation, dedication, and a real affection for the university to their positions and I am pleased to be able to continue to work with them in this new alignment.”

Williams has been with UNH since 2001 and has developed and led a number of innovative programs in the areas of research, engagement and outreach scholarship. Her position as associate vice president will be changed to senior vice provost, and will remain in the area of engagement and academic outreach.  Her split appointment between the former research office and the provost's office will be combined in the new office structure and she will report directly to the provost.

“I am very pleased and excited that Provost Aber has asked me to take up this position. I look forward to continuing to advance, catalyze and support the work of so many of our world class faculty, extension educators and staff who have for many years been a great pleasure for me to work with and to know,” said Williams. “This new integration of the engagement, teaching, and research missions uniquely positions us for national prominence and I am committed to helping UNH become a nationally prominent, world-class university.”

Campbell, who was acting senior vice provost for research until the appointment of Jan Nisbet to that position, has been appointed interim director of EOS. The search for a new director for EOS resulted in the selection of Harlan Spence, currently at Boston University, who will assume this position Jan. 1, 2010. Campbell will provide leadership for EOS until that time. She will also retain her role in coordinating faculty discussions around a possible new school in the area of marine science and engineering. 

“With several key leadership positions undergoing change, it has been a year of transition.  Now we look forward to stable leadership as the last of these positions is filled in January with the arrival of Dr. Spence,” said Campbell. “In the meantime, I am happy to serve as the interim director and will work with him to smooth the way for his arrival.  I also want to thank Roy Torbert for having served so effectively as interim director during the past two academic years.”


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