The Summer of ’95
For those who were away during the summer, a brief rundown on actions and major news, most of
which appeared in either the June 20 or July 18 issue of Almanac:
Dr. Barbara Lowery (left) of Nursing is Associate Provost, and Dr. David Hildebrand is the Senate’s choice to serve in her place as Past Chair. . .
Dr. Barry Cooperman stepped down after 13 years as Vice Provost for Research; an acting VPR is to be named and a search begun...Michele Goldfarb of Law School became Acting JIO on the resignation of Steven Blum. A search committee is to be named in September by Provost Chodorow. . .Scott Reikofski became acting director of Greek affairs as Tricia Phaup resigned to begin a new career in a geriatric hospital.
Reappointments of Deans
Three deans’ reviews were concluded by the end of FY1995, two of them in time for the Trustees’ June meeting, where the reappointments of Deans Colin Diver of Law, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson of The Annenberg School were approved. The reappointment of Dr. Raymond Fonseca of Dental Medicine, completed later, will go to the Trustees in September with a recommendation from the President and the Provost to reappoint him.
In the coming year, reviews of Deans Gregory Farrington of SEAS, Thomas Gerrity of Wharton, and William Kelley of Medicine are to begin. Review committees will be announced in a future issue.
Policies and Procedures
After publication For Comment June 20, a Policy on Position Discontinuation and Staff Transition was publishedOf RecordJuly 18, and became effective August 15.
Prescription Drug Benefits are no longer provided by Blue Cross but are now provided to Blue Cross subscribers and to those in the new PENN Care plan via PCS Health System, Inc. For details see Almanac June 20, p. 16, Of Record.
New administrative initiatives announced in that issue are Coordinating Penn’s Home Pages on the Web and a Review of Procurement Practices in the University and the Health System.
Results of twoSenate mail ballots were forwarded to the President and the Provost: The Proposed Policy on Consensual Sexual Relations was approved 407- 267, and the Proposed Policy Governing Sanctions Taken Against Faculty Members was approved 419- 79.
The Committee on Open Expression published June 20 its opinion that the deletion of others’ electronic messages and use of another’s name in e-mail posting would be violations of the Guidelines on Open Expression.
Harrisburg came through with $34.47 million; the Trustees passed a $1.9 billion budget for FY96; Alumnus Steve Wynn added a gift of $7.5 million to the Pereleman Quad project (which takes funding over the midpoint); the U.S. Air Force removed the last barrier to IAST construction; and the Libraries started major renovations which cause temporary relocation of Periodicals.
VPUL: Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum
Provost Stanley Chodorow has named as Vice Provost for University Life Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, acting VPUL since January 1994 and a member of the University Life division since she joined Penn in 1977.
Calling her “a gifted administrator who has dedicated her career to the causes of education and improving student life,” Dr. Chodorow said she is “a remarkable teacher, an energetic leader, and a wise counselor. I am looking forward to working with her.”
Dr. McCoullum is the first African American woman to hold the senior student life post at Penn. She will be responsible to the Provost for oversight of the numerous offices and services that are charged with integrating the academic, residential and extracurricular activities of some 22,00 undergraduate, graduate and professional students at Penn. In addition to the ongoing operations of student life, residential living, and related units she will have an integral role in the University’s plans to create a new undergraduate experience, the Provost added.
“I am absolutely delighted to be able to serve Penn as VPUL,” said Dr. McCoullum. “In the year and a half that I have been Acting VPUL, I have loved working with the University Life staff and with our students. They are superb!”
Early in her Penn career Dr. McCoullum helped create PENNCAP and the campus Upward Bound program here. She has taught in the Graduate School of Education and the School of Social Work, and is a former Master of DuBois College House, and on leave in 1991-92 she served as interim president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, led a successful effort to achieve reaccreditation by the Middle States. Last year she also chaired the Landmark School Equity Educational Panel which produced the report leading to settlement of a major suit against the Philadelphia School District.
Dr. McCoullum succeeds Dr. Kim Morrisson, who continues as a vice provost, co- chairing the Provost’s Council on Undergraduate Education.
VP/Human Resources: Clint Davidson of Vanderbilt
The new Vice President for Human Resources will be H. Clint Davidson Jr., now associate chancellor for human resources services at Vanderbilt University, who will leave the Nashville institution to join Penn October 1, Executive Vice President John Fry has announced.
With over 25 years’ human resources experience in public and private universities, Mr. Davidson “understands the challenges of administering programs in large, complex institutions,” Mr. Fry said. “He is full of new ideas and his creativity and wisdom will help shape Penn’s human resources programs for the future.”
Mr. Davidson holds a B.A. in management from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. in human resources management/finance from Vanderbilt. He also attended Har- vard’s Institute for Educational Management and Michigan’s Labor Relations Institute, and has taught in NACUBO’s College Business Managers’ Institute.
Serving in the U.S. Navy from 1963-68, Mr. Davidson started his human resources career in 1968 at Oklahoma, where he became director of personnel services. In 1976 he joined the University of Cincinnati Medical Center as assistant senior vice preisdent for administrative services, a post he held until 1979 when he moved to the University of Rochester as director of personnel and affirmative action.
In 1985 he joined Vanderbilt, where he has been responsible for the human resources programs and policies of the medical center, hospital and clinics as well as those of the campus, serving in all some 11,500 faculty and staff. Among his many awards are an outstanding teaching award and the annual creativity award from CUPA, the College and University Personnel Association.
Public Safety: Tom Seamon as Managing Director
With a change in the position’s title—from Commissioner to Managing Director— Penn’s new leader in public safety starting September 25 will be Thomas M. Seamon, the Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department since 1992.
“Tom’s outstanding leadership skills and technical ability make him the ideal person
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