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Brown U. provost David Kertzer to step down at end of academic year

The Brown Daily Herald
November 3, 2010
Provost David Kertzer '69 P'95 P'98 will step down from his office at the end of this school year, President Ruth Simmons announced in an e-mail to faculty and staff Friday morning.

When Kertzer accepted Simmons' offer to serve as the University's chief academic officer in July of 2006, she said he accepted for a five-year term, which ends this year.

"It was certainly my intention that after my term as provost, I would go back to my teaching and research," Kertzer said.

Though Kertzer was able to publish one book while serving as provost in 2008 about an illiterate Italian woman, he plans to take a one-year sabbatical next year to conduct research in Italy. He said he is already overdue to his publisher for the manuscript of his next book, which is about the relationship between Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini.

"I admire the people who devote longer stretches of time to this kind of administrative work, but there comes a point when it gets difficult to return to their scholarly work if they are away from it for too long," Kertzer said. "I love my scholarly work and I wouldn't want to give that up."

As the University's academic head, Kertzer has been involved with several projects, ranging from new building projects to the continuous strengthening of financial aid.

"I can't take full credit for anything," Kertzer said. "But I think we've directed the University through an economic crisis without the quality of the University suffering."
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