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Message regarding the vice provost for academic and faculty affairs

Provost Michael R. Halleran sent the following message to the campus community on March 30, 2014 - Ed.

Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that Susan Grover has accepted the position of Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, effective July 1, 2014.  In the course of the search process, it became clear that Susan’s combination of experience, skills, knowledge of the campus and appreciation of the W&M ethos made her extremely well suited for this important position.  She has  been a member of the W&M faculty since 1988, having received her J. D. from Georgetown, where she served as Executive Editor of their Law Review, and currently is the University Professor for Teaching Excellence.  Her scholarship has focused on employment discrimination, and as is evident from her current professorship and several other recognitions, she has excelled as a teacher on campus and abroad, directing the Summer Law Programs in Madrid and in Adelaide.  Susan’s administrative and broad university experience includes serving for five years as the William & Mary Equal Opportunity Director, and more recently she has been deeply involved in faculty governance, currently as the Vice President/President-Elect of the Faculty Assembly.  I am delighted that Susan will be serving as the next Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and am fully confident of her success.  Please join me in welcoming Susan Grover to her new role.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank the other candidates for this position:  they are each extremely talented and committed to our university, and I learned from my conversations with them.  I also appreciate the work done by the search committee; their advice was particularly helpful.  Finally, as I said often in this process, no one will “replace” Kate Slevin.  She has been an exemplary Vice Provost, and I have benefitted dearly from her sage counsel, smarts and hard work.  She will formally retire at the end of the next academic year, which will give us ample time to celebrate and thank her for all that she has done – and continues to do – for William & Mary.

Best wishes,

Michael