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to position Penn’s Division of Public Safety for the 21st century,” said Executive Vice President John Fry in announcing the appointment. “He is one of the best police executives in the country. And, as a lifelong Philadelphia resident, he has an extensive understanding of the law enforcement challenges faced by the city, its institutions, and its neighborhoods.”

Mr. Seamon has been with the Philadelphia police since 1969, beginning as a patrol officer and moving through the ranks to Inspector, Chief Inspector, Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner—the second ranking executive post in the Philadelphia police, which is the fourth largest police department in the country. As its operational head he has had direct command of 5000 personnel in four units —Patrol, Special Patrol, Detective, and Civil Affairs Bureau.

He helped develop and implement the community-policing and problem-oriented policing philosophy for the city; established the Career Services Division which developed and implemented

Mr. Seamon, who holds a B.S. in history and M.S. in public safety from St. Joseph’s University, where he is now an adjunct professor teaching law enforcement management in the Graduate School. Mr. Seamon also won a Fulbright Fellowship in 1990—the first given in police studies—and has participated in the Police Executive Research Forum at Harvard’s Senior Management Institute.

University Press: Eric Halpern of Hopkins

The new director of the University of Pennsylvania Press is Eric Halpern, editor-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins University Press since 1990. He will take office October 1 at Penn, Provost Stanley Chodorow announced. “Eric Halpern has the experience and demonstrated success in building a publisher’s list of distinguished works to make him a superb director here,” Dr. Chodorow said. “He has earned a stellar reputation for acquiring books in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. He is full of ideas and energy.”

Above: Mr. Halpern Below: Dr. Berneman

Mr. Halpern’s plans: “I want to move the University of Pennsylvania Press into the front ranks of scholarly publishers in this country. We will have to enlarge and refine the editorial program, enhance the prestige of the imprint and the visibility of the Press, and create an endowment that will insulate the Press from the inevitable vagaries of the market so that the Press can undertake more ambitious projects.”

Mr. Halpern, who took a B.A. in classical studies at UC Santa Cruz, and another from Oxford, holds an M.A. in classical languages from Stanford University. He began his publishing career 14 years ago as an acquiring editor at Cornell University Press. He joined Johns Hopkins in 1984 as senior acquisitions editor for the humanities, and after becoming editor-in-chief four years later, he continued to acquire for publication more than 30 humanities titles a year.

Technology Transfer: Louis Berneman

Dr. Louis P. Berneman, director of Virginia’s nationally recognized Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), has been named Managing Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer, Executive Vice President John Fry has announced. Dr. Berneman took office September 1, heading the center that focuses on moving research results from the laboratory bench into the marketplace. He will have primary responsibility for negotiating the University’s technology licenses and other agreements with industry, and will manage the Center’s intellectual property protection efforts—which this year included 29 new patents, 136 disclosures of new technologies, and 25 technology license agreements, along with 118 licenses and 20 software licenses in the University trademark program. At CIT since 1989, he has been recognized for creating partnerships among industry, universities and the federal government for technology commercialization. He is credited with managing agreements for over 75 licenses for research results from Virginia’s eight public research universi- ties, and CIT’s intellectual property program became noted for its use of university technology to promote regional economic growth. “Lou Berneman has demonstrated a strong commitment to higher education and supporting faculty in promoting their sponsored research activities,” said Penn Provost Stanley Chodorow.” His understanding of Penn’s research mission and the importance of outreach to industry will make him a wonderful asset to the University.” A Penn State alumnus with teaching credentials from the UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Berneman took his master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Columbia. Prior to joining CIT Mr. Berneman founded and served as president and CEO of Response Technologies, Inc., Memphis, a leading provider of bone marrow transplantation and other cancer biotherapy services. Earlier he was vice president of marketing and sales of Immuno Modulators Laboratories, Inc. Houston, a veterinary pharmaceutical company, and was assistant professor of education at the University of Houston.He replaces re- places Steve Sammut, who left the University in January, 1994 to help found a Philadelphia-based venture capital fund.

Death of Una Deutsch

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Mrs. Una Deutsch, longtime aide to the Chaplain and a leader in staff or- ganizations, died August 5 at 82. Her survivors include a daugther, Louise D. Rees, who is serials librarian at Van Pelt-Dietrich. A story will appear next week. Over the summer, the Unversity also lost Tom Angeloff of the Wharton Dean’s Office and three emeritus faculty members—Dr. Betty Flower, Dr. Shiv Gupta and Dr. Samuel Sapienza (Almanac July 18)— and the co-inventor of ENIAC, J. Presper Eckert (Almanac June 20).


From the Chair

Welcome Back

As Chair of the Faculty Senate and on behalf of the Senate Executive Commit- tee I would like to welcome one and all to the 256th academic year of the Univer- sity of Pennsylvania.

In my Commencement greetings last May, I pointed with Penn Pride to the legacy of Ben Franklin: “From the Char- ter for a modest educational initiative in 1740 to a vital and vibrant University (the nation’s first) with four undergraduate schools and a dozen graduate and profes- sional schools whose 2,000 standing fac- ulty, an enrollment of 18,000 students, and an associated staff of 7,000 Penn sums to a veritable Athenian city/state on the West bank of the Schuylkill.”

To a portion of us, the nation’s first University implies the nation’s #1 uni- versity. And by some dimensions that is indeed so. The School of Nursing and the Wharton School are ranked #1 among their peers. Other components of the Uni- versity would also qualify as #1 by se- lected criteria.

The work that will commence this Fall to implement the deliberations of the Provost’s Committee on Undergraduate Education could well move Penn to the front rank of undergraduate experience, certainly leading our peers in the Ivy League.

I would balance this programmatic thrust with an attention to infrastructure. A university thrives on its faculty and students. But it is sustained by its infra- structure. The restructuring of the pro- cess and mechanisms by which we orga- nize, discipline, and advance our pro- grams will help to sustain and enhance our academic preeminence.

Finally, in more than a three decade professional career, I have yet to encoun- ter a government, corporate, or eleemo- synary institution with a public image that exceeds the collective conviction of its membership. At times I think our Quaker reserve gets the better of us.

Accordingly, I offer my students coun- sel on the art of building a national repu- tation: “Everywhere you go, tell people how outstanding you are. They will re- member what you said but soon forget where they heard it.”

Let us acknowledge how outstanding we think Penn is as a prototypical Univer- sity at the front rank for the 21st century.

In my next letter to the University Community, I will discuss some of the agenda items for the Senate Executive Committee for the 1995-96 academic year.

  • William L. Kissick

Chair, Faculty Senate

ALMANAC September 5, 1995

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