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Carol Folt Appointed Acting Provost

Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences, has been appointed acting provost. “We are very fortunate to have someone of her academic and administrative caliber who is willing to take on this additional responsibility at this critical time for Dartmouth,” said President Jim Yong Kim in an October 14 announcement.

Carol FoltCarol Folt (Photo courtesy of Carol Folt)

“With her deep understanding of our mission and her experience across academic, administrative, and financial affairs, Carol has been a key advisor since my arrival in Hanover,” said Kim. “Going forward, her guidance will be valuable as we work together as a community to address financial challenges and discuss our future.”

An internationally recognized environmental scientist, Folt is associate director of Dartmouth’s interdisciplinary Superfund Basic Research Program, which has received over $40 million in federal research awards. She has been dean of the faculty since 2004 and previously served as dean of Graduate Studies and associate dean of faculty from 2001 to 2004.

Folt’s appointment became effective October 26. Former Provost Barry Scherr stepped down after eight years in the position to focus on his scholarly pursuits. Kim reported that Scherr “will continue working closely with Carol through the transition, and overseeing our reaccreditation self-study through December.”

Last Updated: 1/7/10