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Dean Underwood a finalist for UW-Madison provost post

March 05, 2014

School of Education Dean Julie Underwood is one of four finalists for provost of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University Communications announced Wednesday.

The provost is the chief academic officer of the university, responsible for overseeing and coordinating the curricular, student and faculty life on campus. In the absence of the chancellor, the provost assumes the role of chief executive.

Julie underwoodA 17-member committee made up of faculty, staff and students screened a pool of applicants and recommended the four candidates to Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

Each of the four finalists will give public presentations starting March 13.

In addition to Underwood, the three other finalists are: Robert A. Blouin, dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Vaughn and Nancy Bryson Distinguished Professor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, professor, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University; and Katherine S. Newman, James B. Knapp Dean and Professor of Sociology, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University.

Underwood previously served as interim UW–Madison provost from January 2009 to July 2009. She has been dean of the UW-Madison School of Education since 2005.

The successful candidate will succeed Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul M. DeLuca Jr., who announced in June that he would return to the faculty. For complete details and presentation dates, check out the University Communications news release.

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