Office of the Provost


December 18, 2006

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Wolfgang Schlör has accepted my offer to become the Interim Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for International Studies, effective December 31, 2006. Dr. Schlör completed his undergraduate and doctoral degree studies in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dr. Schlör is currently the associate director of UCIS, where he is actively involved in providing strategic and policy advice and in managing a range of research and fellowship programs. He has played a significant role in the development of a number of key international programs and initiatives, including projects on underrepresented groups, research abroad, and academic partnerships, and has led the very successful communications and public relations efforts of the Center.

During his career, Dr. Schlör has served as a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and as visiting scholar at the Siberian International Center for Regional Studies in Russia, as an adjunct faculty member for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and as the director and principal investigator of the International Affairs Network for the University’s International Management Development Institute. He first came to the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, when he served as a research associate for the Matthew B Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. He has successfully written and managed a number of grants from such agencies as the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

A search committee, chaired by Vice Provost George E. Klinzing, is working to identify a Senior Director of International Programs and Director of the University Center for International Studies; that person is expected to begin his or her responsibilities in August of 2007.

I have great confidence that Dr. Schlör will provide thoughtful leadership to the Center during this period. He has demonstrated that he possesses the necessary experience and integrity to lead UCIS and to help the Center build on its strengths and priorities. I look forward to helping Dr. Schlör and the UCIS community work toward our shared goal of excellence in international studies at the University.


James V. Maher

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