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Dennis Galvan appointed interim VP for International Affairs.

There were (at least) two credible internal candidates. President Lariviere went with the one who was willing to go to Gabon and prove he had no spine. As with other recent appointments there was no legitimate search committee, hence Galvan will take office without any buy-in from the people he is supposed to lead or from the faculty he is supposed to work with. What kind of person would want the job without that? This lesson will not be lost on good, qualified potential senior administrators – they will try another university.

Oct. 28, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Dennis Galvan has agreed to serve as vice provost for the University of Oregon’s Office of International Affairs, following the departure of current Vice Provost Denis Simon on Dec. 31.

Dennis Galvan is tremendously well-qualified to lead the university’s international initiatives – an area that has been identified as being of critical importance to the UO and the state of Oregon. Dennis has been a professor in international studies and political science at the UO for 10 years. He has served as head of the International Studies Department, and co-director with Craig Parsons of the UO’s Global Oregon Initiative – a university-wide effort to promote internationalization.

In addition to his teaching and administrative work at the UO, Dennis has compiled a deep real-world resume with periodic field work in West Africa since 1986 and in Central Java, Indonesia, since 1999, and ongoing initiatives in France and Korea. His research interests include sustainability, the politics of culture and political legitimation.

Dennis will begin his duties as vice provost on a part-time basis Nov. 15, and then transition to full-time Jan. 1, for the remainder of an appointment period ending June 30, 2013.  During the 2012-13 academic year, a nationwide search will be conducted to permanently fill the position. 

Denis Simon informed me recently that he would be leaving the UO at the end of this year due to a combination of health-related and family considerations. He has reorganized the Office of International Affairs while serving as vice provost for the past year, and leaves it well-positioned for continued leadership in study abroad and international student and scholar services.

We make this appointment confident that Professor Galvan will maintain and build on recent momentum in the international arena. We consider it especially important to create more regular, robust and mutually rewarding linkages between the Office of International Affairs and the international initiatives of schools, colleges, departments and research centers. To that end, we support the conceptual vision for an over-arching Center for International Affairs, housed in the Office of International Affairs, working to integrate global research centers, strategic initiatives and related undertakings. We expect that Dennis Galvan will be consulting widely with relevant stakeholders across campus to develop an appropriate plan.

I felt it was important to move quickly in naming an acting vice provost during a period of great international opportunities for the university. Dennis Galvan will provide a seamless transition in our programs and initiatives – including next June’s meeting at the UO of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities presidents.

Please join me in welcoming Dennis to his new role.

-Lorraine Davis, Acting Senior Vice President and Provost