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UC Berkeley dean Mark Schlissel named provost at Brown University

Brown University
April 6, 2011
Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., currently dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California–Berkeley, will become the 11th provost of Brown University on July 1, 2011, succeeding David I. Kertzer. Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons made the announcement this afternoon (Tuesday, April 5, 2011) at the regular monthly meeting of the Brown faculty.

“Mark Schlissel comes to Brown with a record of significant accomplishments,” Simmons said. “He is above all an excellent and highly rated scholar and teacher. His experience in research, both in the laboratory and administratively as dean of biological sciences, will enable him to become an effective leader at Brown.”

The provost is the University’s chief academic officer, second in rank to the president, and serves as deputy to the president in a range of University matters. Many of the University’s senior positions report directly to the provost, including the deans of the undergraduate College and Graduate School, the dean of the faculty, the University librarian, the chief information officer, dean of admission, director of financial aid, vice president for research, and vice president for international affairs. The provost is the officer in charge when the president is away from campus.

Schlissel was recommended by a 12-member search committee, appointed by Simmons when Provost Kertzer announced he would step down at the completion of his five-year term at the end of June. The search committee conducted a five-month international search for his successor. Simmons chaired the committee.

“I was attracted to Brown because of its unique and widely admired undergraduate educational program and by its commitment not to rest on its laurels but to aspire to even greater impact on our society,” Schlissel said. “By funding need-blind admissions, increasing the size of the faculty, and investing in teaching and research infrastructure, Brown has assembled a platform for fantastic achievements in the years ahead. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with President Simmons and the entire Brown community to address challenges and embrace new opportunities. I can’t imagine a more exciting academic leadership position and I am anxious to get started.”
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