Andrew C. Comrie Named UA Provost

UA President Ann Weaver Hart has appointed Andrew C. Comrie, the UA Graduate College dean, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

In a campus memo released July 25, UA President Ann Weaver Hart announced Comrie’s appointment, which will be effective Aug. 1 through June 30. Comrie’s appointment will go before the Arizona Board of Regents during September.  UA Graduate College Dean Andrew C. Comrie has been named the UA’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. His appointment begins Aug. 1.

Comrie replaces UA Provost Jacqueline Lee Mok, who took a position at Johns Hopkins University, and will remain in the post while the University conducts a nationwide search to fill the position permanently.

“As dean, Dr. Comrie’s accomplishments include raising the campus profile of the graduate enterprise, regularizing support for graduate interdisciplinary programs and increasing support for graduate student fellowships,” Hart wrote.

“He introduced competitive programs to increase private and public extramural graduate student support, and he has worked with colleagues to maintain and strengthen exemplary programs to increase student access to graduate education,” Hart continued. “As associate vice president for research he has been active in technology transfer and entrepreneurship, research integrity and ethics, and advancing strategic research agendas across multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas.”

Comrie has invested the last two decades of his professional career in the UA. His research and administrative-level work on initiatives, projects and in programs has directly impacted and engaged students at all levels, faculty and staff and also the broader community.

“I’ve been working in various aspects of academic life for the University for 20 years, and the opportunity to serve the whole university is obviously a great honor,” said Comrie, who in 1992 joined what is now the UA School of Geography and Development where he is currently a professor. “I have had the rare opportunity to get a feel of the wide range of activities and ways of doing things on a large university campus like ours.”

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