Office of the Provost

Memorandum

May 25, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Patricia Beeson, currently the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, has agreed to formally administer both the graduate and undergraduate studies areas of my office’s efforts on an ongoing basis as Vice Provost for Graduate & Undergraduate Studies. She will be responsible for the encouragement of high quality graduate and undergraduate programs throughout the University, and I am confident that under her guidance and leadership we will be able to offer even stronger educational programs, focusing on research, scholarship, and strategic assessment of learning outcomes for our degree programs.

Dr. Beeson has been Vice Provost for Graduate Studies since May 2004 and has served as Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies since January 2006. Professor of Economics in Arts and Sciences with a joint appointment in Public Policy in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and formerly Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in Arts and Sciences, she earned her bachelor's degree in Economics at Oregon State University and her PhD in Economics at the University of Oregon.

As Vice Provost for Graduate Studies at the University, Beeson has worked with committees of faculty, staff, and graduate students to establish minimum standards and to review and make recommendations on proposals for all new graduate and professional programs. She is the liaison to the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns, one of several of her activities aimed at improving the status of women at the University of Pittsburgh. As Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Beeson worked with committees of faculty, staff, and undergraduate students to review and make recommendations on proposals for all new undergraduate programs. She is chair of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Programs and Co-Chairs the Enrollment Management Committee with Vice Provost Kathy Humphrey. Most recently, she has led the University’s efforts in learning outcomes assessment.

I have the greatest confidence that Dr. Beeson will continue to provide thoughtful academic leadership to our graduate, professional, and undergraduate programs at the University of Pittsburgh. Her experience and insight will help us build on our existing strengths and focus on critical priorities in our education of students across the University.

Sincerely,

James V. Maher

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