As the semester comes to a close, I want to share with you information about some organizational changes and additions to the Office of the Provost that will help us better serve our constituents and further advance the University's academic goals. These changes—which take effect on January 1, 2013 and relate to the Provost's senior staff, support staff, and educational support units—come as a result of new units transitioning to the provost's office and after a thorough assessment of office responsibilities and personnel needs.
Since arriving back on campus this past February, I have spent much of my time meeting with you, listening to your ideas and concerns, and seeing firsthand the remarkable work being done across this great University. Before we are caught up in the hectic last weeks of the semester, I wanted to take a moment to share a bit about what I've learned and where I am focusing my attention over the next several months.
I am delighted to be rejoining the University of Minnesota community. As your new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, I will be dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the University's extraordinary traditions of excellence in teaching, research, and public outreach.
Board of Regents to vote on the appointment at October meeting
University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler today announced that Karen Hanson will be the university’s new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost – subject to approval by the Board of Regents.
Hanson will take the post on Feb. 1, 2012. She currently works at Indiana University, where she serves as provost of the Bloomington campus and executive vice president of the university. She has been in that position since July 2007.