SCHERR TO STEP DOWN AS PROVOST

by The Dartmouth Staff | 10/5/09 11:53am

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Provost Barry Scherr who was to remain in his current position until June 2011 will now step down, College President Jim Yong Kim announced in a campus-wide e-mail on Monday.
by Jessica Griffen and Jessica Griffen / The Dartmouth

Provost Barry Scherr who was to remain in his current position until June 2011 will step down, College President Jim Yong Kim announced in a campus-wide e-mail earlier today. Scherr is the latest in a series of high-level officials to announce their departures in the last few months.

Kim's e-mail did not specify when exactly Scherr will step down from his position as provost.

"While I had previously asked Barry to stay on to help with the presidential transition, and he had generously agreed, we both feel that we've made rapid progress over the last few months and with the new academic year well under way, now is an opportune time for [Scherr] to follow his heart and return to academic life," Kim said in the e-mail.

Scherr had previously announced he would step down by spring 2010. Kim and Scherr then announced in July that Scherr would stay on until the 2011 date.

In his Monday e-mail, Kim said that Scherr will continue to lead Dartmouth's reaccreditation process through December, and will advise his interim successor, who will be announced shortly. Once the transition in the Provost's Office is complete, Scherr will take a sabbatical to work on some of his scholarly projects, Kim said.

Scherr will continue on as the Mandel Family Professor of Russian.

Today's announcement follows the abrupt resignation of former Dean of the College Tom Crady in August. Former Dean of Undergraduate Students Rovana Popoff announced her departure from the College in September. Former Dean of First-Year Students Gail Zimmerman was laid off at the end of February, after the implementation of College-wide budget cuts. Assistant Dean of First-Year Students Meg Hancock's one-year contract was also not renewed for this year.

This is a breaking news web update. More information will be added as it becomes available.

**The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Scherr will step down from his position as provost in December. In fact, the College has not yet announced when Scherr will depart from that role. Scherr will lead Dartmouth's reaccreditation process through December.*