UD names interim provost Morgan to fill full-time role

Robin Morgan

DOVER — The University of Delaware announced Monday it has named Robin Morgan provost, making her the first woman to hold the role. Dr. Morgan has been working as interim provost since October.

Once she formally assumes the role July 1, she will become the 11th provost in UD’s history.

“Over the last seven months, Robin has assembled an impressive record as interim provost,” President Dennis Assanis said in a statement.
“Before working closely with her, I knew Robin as a highly respected educator and scholar, but after watching her in action, I am equally impressed with her abilities to lead, to inspire and to effect change. Her energy, integrity, analytical mind, innate knack for bringing people together, combined with her dedication and loyalty to UD are great assets.”

Prior to being named interim provost by Dr. Assanis, Dr. Morgan was chair of the university’s Department of Biological Sciences. She has been at UD since 1985 and became a full professor there in 1996.

The university announced in September provost Domenico Grasso “made a personal decision to step down from his current role” after four years in the position. He was expected to return to UD in a different role for the 2018-2019 school year but was named the next chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn in February.

Dr. Morgan was selected by a search committee made up of representatives from all seven UD colleges. The committee received input from faculty, students, alumni and others.

The group narrowed the field of candidates down to two before Dr. Assanis made the decision.

“Serving UD as interim provost over the past seven months has been a great privilege, and my pride in being a part of the UD community has grown immensely,” Dr. Morgan said in a statement. “UD is at a pivotal point in its history, offering unparalleled opportunity to chart the University’s future under President Assanis’ leadership.

“I look forward to working closely with the President and our partners on and off campus to enhance our educational and research programs at all levels, expand and renew our faculty, build our infrastructure, strengthen our community partnerships, and foster a campus climate where all are welcomed and invited to participate. I am very grateful for this opportunity.”

Dr. Morgan was the dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for 11 years before becoming chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in 2016.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Meredith College and her doctorate in biology from Johns Hopkins University. At UD, she has researched Marek’s disease, a form of lymphoma in chickens.

The provost serves as the university’s chief academic officer, responsible for administration of all programs of instruction, research and service. The deans of the seven colleges report to the provost, as do a host of other administrative officials.

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