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U. of C. Public Policy Dean Daniel Diermeier Named New Provost

By Sam Cholke | March 31, 2016 3:44pm
 Daniel Diermeier will become the University of Chicago's new provost in July.
Daniel Diermeier will become the University of Chicago's new provost in July.
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HYDE PARK — Daniel Diermeier, dean of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, was named the next provost of the university on Friday.

Diermeier will start July 1 as the chief academic officer as Eric Isaacs moves to a new job as executive vice president for research, innovation and national laboratories at the university.

In a message to the campus, university president Robert Zimmer praised Diermeier’s leadership of the Harris School, which in September announced the formation of the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflict after the Pearson Family Foundation donated $100 million to the university.

“Daniel has demonstrated leadership founded on the university’s values of rigorous inquiry, academic excellence and integrity, and has led Harris with energy, boldness and vision,” Zimmer says in the letter. “Combined with his demonstrated ability to bring various perspectives together, he brings to his new role a set of skills and experiences central to the work of the provost’s office.”

Diermeier will oversee the university’s budget, 13 academic divisions, academic appointments and other research and educational programs.

The university will immediately begin a search for a new dean for the Harris School, as it plans a move further east on campus into a former residence hall.