I’m very pleased to tell you that I’ve named David Manderscheid, currently executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and vice provost for arts and sciences at the Ohio State University, our new provost and senior vice chancellor.
He will start July 1.
Coming from Ohio State, where he provided leadership for its largest college, David understands our land-grant mission and the breadth and scope of a large nationally ranked public institution. During his career, he’s built a reputation for success in forging interdisciplinary partnerships. As the lead dean in OSU’s initiative on translational data analytics, he’ll provide great leadership in our initial cluster hiring with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in this area. His success in advancing e-learning, education abroad, and service-learning fits perfectly with our growth goals and Volunteer traditions at UT.
David is an internationally recognized mathematician and will hold the rank of professor in our Department of Mathematics. He received his PhD in mathematics from Yale University and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Michigan State University. He has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California; and the University of Paris.
His work in representation theory with applications to number theory has been widely published. He has received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, and the US Department of Education in addition to numerous teaching awards.
David is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He serves as past president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences—the largest group of arts and sciences deans in the country—and chairs the Big Ten Academic Alliance Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans’ Group.
Before joining Ohio State, David was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 2007 to 2013. He served for 20 years on the faculty of the University of Iowa, where he rose through the ranks to become chair of the Department of Mathematics.
David’s wife, Susan Lawrence, will be joining our Department of History as a professor. She is an expert in the history of medicine, with specific research interests in privacy and research ethics as well as the history of human dissection in medical education.
As we move toward this transition, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to John Zomchick, who has been our interim provost and senior vice chancellor since August 2016 and will continue serving in the post until David arrives. He’s been an invaluable part of my leadership team since I arrived here, and he’ll continue to have a senior advisory role moving forward.
I also want to thank Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, who chaired the search committee, along with her committee members, for a job well done.