Boston University announced that Dr. Jean Morrison, executive vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, has been named BU provost, effective January 2011. Morrison is the first woman provost in BU history, as well as the first external hire at that position in 30 years.
Morrison succeeds Provost David Campbell, who will return to teaching and to research projects he set aside more than five years ago when he was appointed provost.
“I am very excited to bring Jean Morrison to Boston University in this key academic leadership role,” said BU President Dr. Robert A. Brown in a release.
“She has the academic experience, skills, and vision to help the University continue on the path of increasing quality and impact.”
A member of the USC faculty since 1988, Morrison has guided the office of undergraduate programs, the USC Graduate School, and the office of continuing education and summer programs.
“I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity at Boston University,” said Morrison in a release.
“Large research universities have a kind of energy that’s unique, and BU’s a big place. That makes for some unique and creative possibilities. It’s one of the nation’s upcoming research universities, and it has outstanding faculty, which is the heart of a research university.”
A professor of earth sciences, Morrison is a metamorphic petrologist whose research addresses how the earth's crust evolves over time. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1988; her M.S. from the University of Georgia in 1983; and her B.A. from Colgate University in 1980.
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