Provost’s office appoints officials to new positions

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The Office of the Provost appointed five current University officials to new leadership positions within the office, according to a University release.

The office appointed Geneva Henry as dean of libraries and academic innovation and vice provost for libraries and information technology, Colette Coleman as vice provost for student affairs and dean of students and Emily Hammond as vice provost for faculty affairs, according to Thursday’s announcement. Officials also announced Suresh Subramaniam would take over as vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral affairs and Jeffrey Brand would become the associate provost for undergraduate affairs and special programs.

“The appointments provide strategic leadership for critical University populations and offer an opportunity for new collaborations with community members who have long been leaders in teaching, research and administration at GW,” the release states.

Henry will oversee GW Information Technology as a part of her new role as vice provost for libraries and information technology, according to the release. Officials consolidated the University’s technology offices into a centralized, shared services model in the summer of 2020 in an effort to lower costs and lessen the financial impact of the pandemic.

“GW’s world-class academics, high-impact research and excellent clinical service to the community aren’t possible without reliable technology and support,” Henry said in the release. “I look forward to bringing my 39 years of information and IT experience as a researcher, software developer, systems integration architect and organizational manager to this new opportunity.”

Coleman, who previously served as associate vice president for student affairs, will take over the responsibilities of Cissy Petty, the former vice president of student affairs and dean of students, who announced her retirement earlier this summer, according to the release. The release states the new appointments will work closely with Provost Chris Bracey to focus on success in academic settings and the community.

“This new alignment in the Office of the Provost allows close collaboration with Bracey as well as other University leadership to provide a holistic, world-class student experience that focuses on student success in and out of the classroom,” the release states.

Henry, Coleman, Hammond and Brand will assume their new positions on July 1, and Subramaniam will assume his new position on August 1.

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