Cornell’s David Harris announced as new provost, Tufts’ Vali Nasr appointed as SAIS dean

Posted by thetuftsdaily on March 28, 2012 under Campus News | Be the First to Comment

July 1 marks two important changes to the university’s administration. David Harris, a sociologist and associate dean at Cornell University, will assume the position of provost and senior vice president at Tufts on that date, according to an email sent this morning by University President Anthony Monaco to members of the Tufts community.

David Harris

David Harris

“David’s life and career testify to the transformative influence of higher education on individuals, their communities and the larger society,” Monaco said in the email.

Harris has held a series of positions at Cornell, including founding director of the Institute for the Social Sciences, vice provost and deputy provost for social sciences. One of his research focuses is race and ethnicity.

Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Vali Nasr (F ’84, LA’83), who led the provost search committee, will be leaving the university on July 1 to become dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

“As both a Fletcher and Tufts alumnus, as well as one of the School’s most respected faculty members, Professor Nasr has made enormous contributions to the University,” Dean of the Fletcher School Stephen Bosworth said in a note to the Fletcher community. “His professional accomplishments have long been — and continue to be — a source of institutional and personal pride.”

The full press release from the Fletcher School is available here.

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