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Chemical Engineering professor Daniel Perlmutter has been named University Ombudsman, President Sheldon Hackney announced Monday. Perlmutter replaces Associate Finance Professor Susan Wachter, who served for three years, mediating and resolving grievances of students, staff and faculty. She will now return to full-time teaching and research. Perlmutter served two terms as appellate officer of the student judicial system and has been a member on several committees including committees on sexual and racial harassment. The new ombudsman's term will last two years. Assistant to the President Nicholas Constan said yesterday that Hackney made the appointment after consulting with a variety of staff, faculty, and students who are familiar with the tenured faculty. "The ombudsman has to be someone first and foremost who has the trust of the community . . . and [Perlmutter] certainly does," Constan said. Perlmutter has received Guggenheim and Fulbright awards and was the 1988 winner of the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching. Perlmutter was not available for comment yesterday.

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