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March 14, 2005
Volume 40, Number 8

Provost steps down
Dasenbrock, Norwood to fill interim positions

FosterUNM Provost Brian Foster announced recently that he will leave his position this spring to return to teaching and research and pursue other long-held interests. President Louis Caldera named College of Arts and Sciences Dean Reed Dasenbrock interim provost.

Foster has been provost since April 2000. Prior, he served as dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and dean of the Graduate School at Arizona State University.

Among his most notable accomplishments at UNM, he said, is the rise of the Freshman Learning Communities program, the development and integration of the branch campuses into wider university operations, the development of a strategic plan and inculcation of a planning culture at UNM.

President Caldera credits Foster with the growth and rise in national stature of UNM’s programs, as well as his recruitment of an exceptionally diverse and talented cadre of deans and directors.

Dasenbrock, at UNM since 2001, is making the transition to his interim duties. The university will conduct a national search for a permanent successor in the fall.

“I look forward to working with Dr. Dasenbrock to maintain our forward momentum and set new goals for academic excellence at UNM,” Caldera said.

Dasenbrock appointed Vera Norwood, associate dean of Arts and Sciences, as interim dean for the college. She will be the first woman to hold the post.