UVM hires new provost

Wednesday May 22, 2013

BURLINGTON (AP) -- An engineering dean at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will become the next provost and senior vice president at the University of Vermont, the school announced.

David V. Rosowsky, 49, is currently the dean of engineering at RPI in Troy, N.Y., where he oversees 160 faculty members, more than 100 staffers, about 3,000 undergraduates and 700 graduate students.

He starts at UVM on Aug. 1.

The provost is the second highest ranking executive at the university after the president.

"We set very high expectations and qualifications for this critically important position," said UVM President Tom Sullivan. "We need our new provost to be a highly accomplished scholar of distinction and also an inspirational and collaborative leader, and a creative, strategic-oriented individual."

Rosowsky will succeed interim provost Robert Low, who assumed the position after former provost Jane Knodell resigned.

"I look forward to engaging faculty, staff, students, alumni, business, government, and other key stakeholders in furthering UVM’s goals, including promoting the essential role of public higher education in enhancing the public good," Rosowsky said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to take on this exciting new challenge."

In his first year on the job Rosowsky will be making $375,000 a year, plus benefits.

He is the author of more than 300 publications with emphasis on the reliability of structures, particularly those subject to natural hazards and environmental loads. He also maintains an active research program in wind and earthquake engineering and continues to supervise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.


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