In 2022, several members of Penn’s administration announced plans to leave their position, prompting searches to fill their vacancies. The Daily Pennsylvanian’s coverage followed the developments, from the search for a new provost to the sudden departure of the director of the Pan-Asian American Community House. Many of the developments followed Liz Magill’s assumption of her new role as Penn president on July 1.
Feb. 13 — Malik Washington left Penn Violence Prevention, Penn's primary resource for students experiencing interpersonal violence, after serving in the position since November 2019.
June 14 — Mamta Accapadi resigned as vice provost for University Life, marking an abrupt end to her nearly two years in the role. Tamara Greenfield King is currently serving as the interim vice provost for University Life.
During her tenure, Accapadi expanded communication with the University’s Undergraduate Assembly and adapted Weingarten Center resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug. 30 — Penn formed a committee to search for a new vice provost for University Life, following the start of Magill’s tenure. The next vice provost will be in charge of continuing several initiatives started by Accapadi and King, including renovations of the ARCH building.
Sept. 13 — Magill announced the formation of another search committee — this one to select a permanent provost. Beth Winkelstein has been serving as the interim provost since July 2021.
The provost is the chief academic officer of the University and the president’s second-in-command, tasked with overseeing the administration of student and faculty affairs and working directly with Penn’s 12 deans.
Sept. 29 — Peter Van Do, the director of the Pan-Asian American Community House, left the University with no plan announced to replace him. Van Do spent 10 years in the position and the departure announcement caused shock and frustration.
Nov. 2 — The consultative provost search committee announced that the University is prepared to appoint a new provost in spring 2023. Members of the 7B minority coalition and activist groups told the DP that they want to see greater openness to student demands in the new provost’s administration.
Nov. 9 — Associate Vice Provost for University Life Will Atkins told the DP that the University is actively conducting a nationwide search for former PAACH director Peter Van Do’s successor.
Dec. 1 — Penn announced that Elise Scioscia will serve as the new director of Penn Violence Prevention. Scioscia previously served for over a decade as the chief of staff for Women Against Abuse, a Pennsylvania resource for people experiencing domestic violence.
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