Office of the Provost


June 12, 2006

Dear Colleagues:

It is with deep regret that I announce that I have accepted the resignation of Dr. William Brustein, effective December 31, 2006. Professor Brustein, who has served as Director of the University Center for International Studies since 2001, has accepted a position as Associate Provost of International Affairs and Director of International Programs and Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Brustein was appointed Director of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. He also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology, History, and Political Science. In his time here, he has increased participation in UCIS certificate programs and study abroad programs considerably and has played a key leadership role in developing important interdisciplinary efforts through the Global Academic Partnership (GAP) program and the Research Abroad Program. Under his directorship, the University’s four area studies programs have been re-authorized as Title VI National Research Centers, and the Global Studies program with certificates at the graduate and undergraduate levels has grown into a major component of UCIS.

Professor Brustein helped to develop and launch the noteworthy Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS), a consortium of 28 schools and institutions in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio that offers Pitt students and others access to knowledge about and resources on Islamic Studies.

It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Brustein, both in his role as director and in his participation in the activities of our Council of Deans. A search committee will be formed in the coming weeks with the intention of identifying a new director of the University Center for International Studies.


James V. Maher

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