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Anderson Named Interim Vice Provost For Research And Graduate Education

By Richard Veilleux - July 18, 2005

Gregory Anderson, head of the ecology and evolutionary biology department, has been appointed interim vice provost for research and graduate education. He assumed the one-year post July 1.

Anderson, who joined the University faculty in 1973, has been head of department since 1990. The ecology and evolutionary biology department is recognized nationally for its strong research program. Federal grant support for research in systematic biology, for example, has placed the University among the top 10 in the nation.

 In addition to overseeing a department of 30 faculty, Anderson conducts his own research, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, mentors graduate students, and is on many University committees. He was chair of the University Senate’s executive committee from 2000 to 2001.

Anderson specializes in research on plant systematics and evolution, plant reproductive biology, pollination biology, and ethnobotany. His work has been supported through grants from the National Science Foundation.

Anderson replaces Janet Greger, who is now vice provost for strategic planning.  

“Dr. Anderson takes over these responsibilities at a crucial time in the institution’s history,” says Peter Nicholls, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “As we continue to expand our research program and graduate education, it is critical that we continue to expand the service provided to faculty and staff in pursuit of their research goals.”

Nicholls says the University needs to “continue keeping up with myriad federal and state regulations governing research and dealing with ever more complex compliance issues. Dr. Anderson is well-qualified to lead the University forward in these areas.”

Anderson says, “In large part, the University’s national and international reputation is based on the success and prominence of our graduate programs and our scholarship. The offices of Sponsored Programs and Compliance, the Research Foundation, and the Graduate School are central to the most effective research efforts and graduate training. We will work to provide the most efficient service and guidance to the University community of scholars.”

Anderson, the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Professor, is involved with many professional organizations. He has been president of the Botanical Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and the Society for Economic Botany. He received an outstanding service award from AIBS in 2003.

A national search will be conducted to fill the position on a permanent basis.

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