UD provost resigning

NEWARK — University of Delaware provost Domenico Grasso is stepping down next month.

The university announced Friday in an email to students and faculty Dr. Grasso “has made a personal decision to step down from his current role effective Oct. 15.”

Domenico Grasso

He will return to the university in a different role for the 2018-2019 school year.

“Following his current assignment, Domenico will return to the faculty after a one-year administrative leave,” President Dennis Assanis wrote in the email. “His future plans include developing the program in engineering and environmental policy with specific emphasis in smart cities, serving both the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.”

Dr. Assanis plans to name an interim provost this week. The university will form a search committee to hire a new provost.

Dr. Grasso joined UD in January 2013, coming from the University of Vermont.

“For the past four years, he has helped advance UD’s commitment to cultivate compelling programs of instruction, research and service for the community,” Dr. Assanis wrote. “In his role as provost, Domenico has led several key initiatives at UD, including the creation of the Division of Enrollment Management, as well as the development of university-wide programs ranging from entrepreneurship to humanities, social science and arts programs.

“He has also spearheaded core institutional programs to cultivate community engagement, diversity and inclusive excellence, advances in cybersecurity and smart cities, and leadership in faculty affairs, among many other accomplishments.”

As provost, Dr. Grasso is the chief academic officer and the direct boss of the deans of the seven college.

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or mbittle@newszap.com. Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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