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Administrators take on new responsibilities

by Sherry Fisher - August 25, 2008

Several administrators at the University have been promoted or have temporarily taken on new duties.

Dana McGee, formerly the director of the Office of Diversity and Equity, has been promoted to associate vice president for diversity and equity; M. Dolan Evanovich, formerly vice provost for enrollment management, has been promoted to vice president for enrollment planning, management, and institutional research.

Suman Singha, vice provost for academic administration, will serve as interim vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, and senior vice provost; and Nancy Bull, associate dean of outreach and public service and associate director of the Cooperative Extension System in the College of Agriculture, has been appointed to a temporary three-quarter time position as vice provost for academic administration.

McGee is now responsible for promoting diversity across all levels and campuses of the University. As UConn’s chief affirmative action officer, she oversees the Office of Diversity and Equity at Storrs and the Health Center.

Evanovich, in his expanded role, will continue to oversee efforts to recruit top undergraduates, while ensuring accessibility.

In addition to overseeing the Office of Institutional Research and the Office of Enrollment Management, he will advise the president and provost on UConn’s strategic progress to enhance its stature as a top public research university.

Nicholls says that his office has taken on significantly increased responsibilities relating to academic oversight of the University including the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine.

These new responsibilities include oversight of academic budgets; the development and implementation of consistent procedures for hiring, promotion, and development of faculty and staff, and a greater level of interaction with the Health Center’s Board of Directors.

“These new responsibilities impact all of us in the Provost’s office, but especially entail a greater level of oversight from Vice Provost Suman Singha,” Nicholls says.

“In light of this fact and the fact that I wish Dr. Singha to serve as deputy provost in my absence, I have decided to promote him to the position of senior vice provost.”

Nicholls says the budget rescission and the new responsibility his office is assuming for the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine have also led to an increased workload with regard to fiscal administration.

He says Bull’s temporary position as vice provost for academic administration fills the increased need for assistance in the development of collegiate budgets.

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