President's Update - June 2, 2005 - University Provost

Dear Members of the University Community,

It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Willard Gingerich has been appointed to the new position of University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will join the University on August 1.

The creation of this position has been a longtime goal for me and for many members of our University community. During the course of this academic year, we conducted a nationwide search, reviewed many candidates and interviewed a strong group of finalists. Our search committee went to great lengths identifying potential candidates and matching their skills and credentials with the particular needs of our institution. We owe a great debt to the committee for its excellent work. And, I am equally appreciative that so many members of the University community participated in the meetings with the candidates and provided their input. Thank you for your commitment.

Dr. Gingerich brings to Fairleigh Dickinson University a strong array of talents and experiences that will prove fundamental to our continued growth and development. He is not only a thoughtful scholar and devoted professor with outstanding academic credentials, but he is a forceful leader who understands the key issues facing higher education in the 21st century. He also shares our passionate belief in the importance of preparing world citizens who understand the interconnected strands that weave our world together. I am confident that his contributions will be extensive and extraordinary.

Currently the vice provost for graduate studies and research and a professor of English at St. John’s University, Dr. Gingerich also served there as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Previously, he was a professor of English at the University of Texas, El Paso. He received his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 1977 and also studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in México City. He was a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Nacional de Panamá and is the author of numerous scholarly articles in journals and books, with special emphasis on Native American literatures and contemporary American poetry. He is a translator of colonial Nahuatl (Aztec) poetry and his book, The Nahuatl Reader: A Historical Anthology of Nahuatl Discourse in English Translation, is currently under development with the University of Utah Press.

In December, I unveiled an administrative transition plan that heavily revolves around the appointment of this critical position. I am very pleased that we have been able to find the right individual and continue our progress as scheduled.

Please join me in offering your congratulations and your support to Dr. Gingerich as we transition to the new structure.

Thank you,
Michael Adams