URI appoints vice provost for academic affairs

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KINGSTON, R.I. – June 14, 2006 – Lynn Pasquerella, who has been at the University of Rhode Island since 1985, has been named vice provost for academic affairs, it was announced by M. Beverly Swan, URI provost and vice president for academic affairs.

A resident of Woodstock, Conn., Pasquerella has served as the interim vice provost for graduate studies, research and outreach for a year. She takes over the vice provost for academic affairs post July 1. Pasquerella succeeds Judith Swift who will return to the faculty in the Department of Communications Studies.

As vice provost for academic affairs, Pasquerella’s chief responsibility will include management of and leadership in all academic programs and services, including academic enrollment. She will also provide overall guidance for undergraduate/general education.

She will be directly responsible to the provost and vice president of academic affairs for admissions, enrollment services, honors program, summer sessions, program development, academic regulations and policy, Faculty Senate, Instructional Development Program, outcomes assessment and other areas as determined by the provost. Pasquerella will also serve as a liaison to the Faculty Senate and the Rhode Island postsecondary institutions.

Previously, she was associate dean of the graduate school, chair and professor of philosophy, and chair of the Institutional Review Board and Council for Research at the University. She is a fellow in the John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service and was a professor of medical ethics for two years in the Brown Medical School’s Affinity Group Program.

A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke College who earned her doctorate from Brown in 1985, she is a recipient of the URI Foundation’s Teaching Excellence Award and has published extensively in the areas of medical ethics, theoretical and applied ethics, metaphysics, public policy and the philosophy of law. For 18 years, she was a professor in the URI Philosophy Department.

In 1998, Change Magazine and the American Association of Higher Education honored Pasquerella as one of 40 Young Leaders of the Academy. Her leadership includes service on several department, college and university committees, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation teams, membership on Day Kimball Hospital’s Ethics Committee in Putnam, Conn., membership on the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Institutional Review Board and on the advisory board for the Rhode Island women’s adult correctional facility.

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URI Vice Provost Lynn Pasquerella (URI News Bureau by Michael Salerno photography)