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Barry Scherr to remain Provost at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 07/09/09 • Media Contact: Public Affairs (603) 646-3661

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Barry Scherr
Barry Scherr (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Podcast: Provost to remain at his post

Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim has announced that Barry Scherr will stay at his post as Provost up to June 2011.

“I am grateful that he will be here as a key guide and adviser on the many issues before us,” said President Kim.

Scherr, who is also the Mandel Family Professor of Russian, has been a member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1974. Provost since 2001, Scherr is Dartmouth’s chief academic officer and has direct responsibility for libraries, computing, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the Hood Museum of Art, and many of the College’s academic centers and institutes. The Provost also serves as the chair of College’s Budget Committee, and has major responsibility for setting budget priorities and developing a strategic financial plan. The Provost also coordinates support of the research infrastructure and supervises the Office of Sponsored Projects, and is responsible for coordinating government relations activities.

"I'm very happy to continue as Provost during the first years of President Kim's administration," said Scherr. "This will be an exciting time on campus, and I look forward to contributing to this new era."

In making the announcement, President Kim said that Scherr’s continued leadership will be especially valuable during Dartmouth’s reaccreditation process with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which will occur in the fall of 2010. President Kim has also asked Scherr to lead a study of the role of the Provost’s Office, in comparison with the role of the office at other institutions. Prior to this announcement, Scherr had planned a sabbatical in the coming months to focus on his scholarly research.

Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Scherr was the Associate Dean for the Humanities in the Arts and Science. He received his A.B. degree at Harvard University and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Scherr joined the Dartmouth faculty as an assistant professor in 1974, promoted to associate professor in 1980, and professor in 1986. He has chaired both the Department of Russian and the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Among his many grants and honors, in 1998 he was the recipient of the Joe Malik Award for Outstanding Service to the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. He served as President of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, as an outside reviewer for Russian studies programs at a number of universities, as well as on editorial boards, committees and co-organizer of conferences.

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