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Brown launches presidential search

October 26, 2011

Brown University has not one but two committees in place as it looks to replace current President Ruth Simmons. Simmons is stepping down at the end of the current academic year, her 11th with the University.

Brown officials say they hope to name a new president in the spring of 2012. The search committee from Brown’s governing board will be made up of 16 people:

Jerome C. Vascellaro, vice chancellor; Alison S. Ressler, treasurer; Donald C. Hood, secretary; George H. Billings, president of the Brown Alumni Association; Martin J. Granoff; Richard A. Friedman; Cathy Frank Halstead; Lauren J. Kolodny; Matthew J. Mallow; Samuel M. Mencoff; Nancy Fuld Neff; Theresia Gouw Ranzetta; Joan Wernig Sorensen; Anita V. Spivey; and Jasmine M. Waddell. As has been the tradition in Brown presidential searches, the chancellor will chair the committee.

The university has also convened a campus advisory committee to assist in the presidential search. The advisory committee is as follows:

Chung-I Tan, professor of physics, will chair the committee, and Sharon Rounds, professor of medicine and of pathology and laboratory medicine, will serve as vice chair. The other members are Alison DeLong, associate professor of biology; Donald Forsyth, the James L. Manning Professor of Geological Sciences; Susan Harvey, the Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religious Studies; Marion Orr, the Fred Lippitt Professor of Public Policy and director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy; Julia Heneghan, M.D. Class of 2013; Brandon Broome, Class of 2012; Raj Dhaliwal, Class of 2012; David Rattner, Class of 2013; Neal Fox, graduate student; Paulo Baptista, lead systems programmer in Computing and Information Services; and Kathy Tameo, director of finance and administration for the Office of Campus Life and Student Services.

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