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New Appointments & Changes within Office of the Provost Units

Memo from the Provost

Date: June 28, 2013

To: University Leaders

From: Warwick A. Arden, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

Subject: Changes within Office of the Provost Units

In addition to the establishment of the new College of Sciences, a few other changes within Office of the Provost units will become effective July 1, 2013. Please refer to the updated organizational chart for a full overview of all Office of the Provost units.

Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff as Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement, effective July 1, 2013, continuing the outstanding work that she has done in this position on an interim basis over the past year. In this capacity, Dr. Ratcliff will report to the Senior Vice Provost for Outreach and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Tom Miller, while maintaining her responsibilities as the Executive Director of the Industrial Engineering Service.

In her role as Vice Provost, Dr. Ratcliff will serve as an integrator of NC State’s wide range of extension and engagement efforts, linked across the university and reaching out to the state and beyond as guided by Pathway to the Future, NC State’s Strategic Plan. NC State has a strong reputation as an engaged and forward-thinking university, focused on fulfilling the promise inherent in our land-grant mission, and I am confident that this appointment will generate great benefits for our university and our stakeholders.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ratcliff and supporting her in this new appointment.

Vice Provost for Resource Management

I am pleased to announce the part-time appointment of Dr. David Bristol as Vice Provost for Academic Resource Management, effective July1, 2013. Dr. Bristol, a 2012-13 American Council of Education Fellow at The Ohio State University, will be helping my office to examine our existing academic resource management plan and develop a revised plan that will allow NC State to achieve the academic-related goals as outlined in our Strategic Plan. He will report to Senior Vice Provost for Academic Strategies and Resource Management, Dr. Duane Larick, and will work closely with others in the Provost’s Office as well individuals in the Office of Finance and Business.

Dr. Bristol, who previously served as the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs for more than 15 years and as Interim Dean from 2009 to 2012, will also be serving part-time in the new role of CVM Associate Dean of Enterprise Development.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bristol and supporting him in his new appointments in the Office of the Provost and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Office of Academic Strategies and Resource Management

Dr. Margery Overton, Professor of Civil Engineering, and Dr. Laura Severin, Professor of English, have served part-time as Special Assistants to the Provost for the past year, working hard on key initiatives associated with the implementation of NC State’s Strategic Plan. I have reappointed Drs. Overton and Severin for the 2013-14 academic year to continue their work within the Office of Academic Strategies and Resource Management under the leadership of Senior Vice Provost Larick.

Leadership of Creative and Critical Thinking QEP

Over the past year, a Steering Committee, co-chaired by Chris Anson in English and Steve Reynolds in Physics, has developed a broad, conceptual framework for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is part of our submission for re-affirmation of our university’s accreditation by the Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools (SACS) – Commission on Colleges. The university chose to focus the QEP on improving critical and creative thinking in our undergraduates. This is an ambitious and important initiative that will improve learning across our campus.

The QEP Steering Committee and NC State’s SACS Leadership Team have recommended, and I have agreed, that the QEP will be administratively housed in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) under the leadership of Dr. Mike Mullen, Vice Chancellor and Dean of DASA. The responsibility for implementing our critical and creative thinking plan among our first year students will be led by a QEP Faculty Director, who will be recruited this fall. The QEP Director will report to Dr. Mullen and will work closely with faculty and other offices on campus, including the Office of Faculty Development, to implement the plan beginning with a pilot group of classes in Fall, 2014.

The QEP Plan will be available in mid-August for campus review and comment. Opportunities for faculty involvement will be announced around the same time. Visit for the latest details.

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