of things to come: staff changes inaugurate a new year
past year has brought the University of Chicago an abundance of
fresh faces, with new professors, administrators, and of course,
a president, putting down roots in Hyde Park. But "getting"
is only half of the equation; after a year of acquiring new talent,
Chicago must give some up. A flurry of December and January announcements
of appointments, departures, and reappointments has changed the
institutional order once again.
S. Hamada, dean of the Graduate School of Business and the Edward
Eagle Brown distinguished service professor of finance, will leave
the deanship on July 1 after eight years in the post. An internationally
known authority on finance, Hamada joined the school in 1966,
winning its first outstanding teacher award in 1970 and the GSB's
McKinsey Award for excellence in teaching in 1981. Since taking
the helm, he has presided over the opening of the Singapore and
Barcelona campuses and an international M.B.A. program at Chicago.
has also played a role in other GSB initiatives, including raising
$111 million in the first 11 months of the GSB's five-year $175
million capital campaign, which includes the financing for a new
Hyde Park integrated campus. "I am currently 63 years old
and looking forward to a totally different challenge," said
Hamada in a letter to the University community. "It's been
an honor to have served our institution, of which I have been
a part for 35 years."
serving almost six years as dean of the Biological Sciences Division
and the Pritzker School of Medicine and as vice president for
medical affairs, Glenn D. Steele will be departing academic medicine
for the private sector. "He is leaving the division much
stronger than he found it, and the University is indebted to him
for that," says University president Don Michael Randel.
Steele came to Chicago in 1995 from Harvard University and has
been instrumental in bringing together the biological and physical
sciences, including helping bring about the Interdivisional Research
Building, scheduled to open in 2004. In March 2001 Steele becomes
president and CEO of Geisinger Health Systems, the nation's largest
rural health maintenance organization.
the University searches for a permanent replacement for Steele,
Bryce Weir, chief of neurosurgery, director of the Brain Research
Institute, and the Maurice Goldblatt professor in the departments
of surgery and neurology, has been named interim dean of the BSD
and the Pritzker School of Medicine and vice president for medical
affairs. Weir, a neurosurgeon who joined the faculty in 1992,
assumed the interim posts on January 15. His first official act
was to appoint Janet D. Rowley, PhB'45, SB'46, MD'48, the Blum-Riese
distinguished service professor in the departments of human genetics
and medicine, molecular genetics, and cell biology, as interim
deputy dean for science, a new position created to oversee basic
biological research at the University. With the division since
1962, Rowley has won many awards for her work on recurring chromosome
abnormalities in leukemia and lymphoma.
the Administration Building, name plates are being changed as
well. "For 21 years and under three University presidents,
Art has offered good counsel, wise analysis, and selfless citizenship
to our community," said Randel about Arthur M. Sussman, the
University's legal counsel, who is leaving Chicago in February
to become vice president and secretary of the John D. and Catherine
T. MacArthur Foundation. In addition to his work as the University's
chief legal officer, Sussman has overseen operations of the Laboratory
Schools, maintained the U of C's relationship with Argonne National
Laboratory, and lectured at the Law School and the Graduate School
of Business. Sussman plans to take a few months off before beginning
his work at the Chicago-based foundation in May.
mid-December, Randel appointed Robert Zimmer, the Max Mason distinguished
service professor in mathematics, to be the vice president for
research and Argonne National Laboratory. As part of his duties,
Zimmer is chairing an interdisciplinary committee investigating
the role of computation across the University. Zimmer, who came
to Chicago from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977, will continue
as deputy provost, a position he has held since 1998. Zimmer will
work with recent appointee Hermann Grunder, the director of Argonne
Laboratory, to oversee the University's stewardship of the facility.
W. Shannon, dean of the Graham School of General Studies, has
been named to a second five-year term. Since Shannon became dean
in July 1996, the school's enrollment has grown by 13 percent,
and nine new certificate programs have been established. Shannon,
who came to Chicago from a similar post at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
has also created two study-abroad programs at Oxford and a summer
residential study program for high school students. His second
term begins on July 1.-C.S.