University of Alabama at Birmingham names two new vice provosts
University of Alabama at Birmingham
December 7, 2010
UAB Provost Eli Capilouto has announced the appointment of two vice provosts who will lead a recently reorganized administrative structure. Suzanne Austin, Ph.D., will be the new vice provost for Student and Faculty Success effective Jan. 1, 2011. Harlan M. Sands, J.D., MBA, is vice provost for Administration and Quality Improvement for the university.
Austin's appointment comes after a national search for a newly created position designed to promote strong student and faculty engagement and learning. She will lead the Office of Student Life, both university libraries and several faculty and student support units that focus on student and faculty development, retention and enrichment.
Sands, who came to UAB in June 2007 as associate provost for Administration and Finance, is responsible for providing leadership for academic administration, strategic planning, enrollment management, finance, budgeting, student support operations and compliance. His appointment was made in October.
"The restructuring and streamlining of the Office of the Provost was designed to provide more effective and efficient service to the UAB community and ensure student and faculty success," Capilouto said. "I appreciate the efforts of all in our various units who have worked together to bring us to this point and look forward to the successes we will have in the future.
"I also would like to thank former School of Medicine Dean Robert Rich (M.D.) for his service in leading the search for the new position," Capilouto said. "He and the other committee members share the vision of an organization that both supports and rewards congruent student and faculty success."