Carnegie Mellon provost Kamlet will return to teaching

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Carnegie Mellon University provost and executive vice president Mark Kamlet has decided to step down after nearly 14 years in the job and will return to teaching full-time, university President Subra Suresh told the campus today.

“Mark has served the university in these roles with remarkable dedication since August 2000,” Mr. Suresh said in an email. “He has been a consummate university citizen in taking on numerous assignments in addition to his primary role as the chief academic officer.”

Mr. Suresh, who became Carnegie Mellon’s president last summer, expressed gratitude to the provost for staying in his current position to ensure a smooth transition during his new presidency. Mr. Kamlet will leave the position July 1

Mr. Suresh said a national search for a successor will be undertaken.

Nathan Urban, the Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences and head of the Department of Biological Sciences at CMU, will be interim provost effective July 1. Also, John Lehoczky, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2000, will be interim executive vice president as of July 1.

“As is common practice during leadership transitions, we will also have an opportunity to assess the evolution of the university over the past decade or more in light of the current opportunities and challenges faced by the global CMU community,” Mr. Suresh said. “We will also evaluate various internal and external factors influencing the university and higher education.”

Mr. Kamlet came to the provost’s position from the H. John Heinz III College. Mr. Suresh did not specify whether Mr. Kamlet will return there or teach elsewhere on the campus

Bill Schackner:, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG.

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