October 9, 2012
A reorganization plan has been implemented in the Texas Tech Office of the Provost, based on a special opportunity for Vice Provost Valerie Paton and promotion of Peggy Miller, who has served as interim dean of the Graduate School since November 2010.
Paton has been awarded a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, which she will pursue at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in El Paso beginning Jan. 1. Her work in El Paso emanates from a study plan developed by Paton in conjunction with TTUHSC President Tedd Mitchell and El Paso TTUHSC Vice President José Manuel de la Rosa. Paton’s ACE Fellowship, when completed, will prepare her for myriad career opportunities.
In order to cover part of Paton’s current responsibilities, Miller was promoted to vice provost on Oct. 8 and will relocate to the Office of the Provost suite in the Administration Building. Miller will assume responsibilities for Texas Tech’s off-campus centers and programs in the Hill Country, Waco and El Paso. She also will have oversight responsibility for e-Learning and the Texas Tech University Press, and will work with Provost Bob Smith on a number of special Tier One initiatives.
To lead the Graduate School as interim dean, Provost Smith has appointed Dominick Casadonte, who also will continue in his role as Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. From 2005-2010, Casadonte served as chair of the department. He also is a long-term member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy and served as its chair from 2004-2006.
“We are fortunate to have on our campus top scholars and educators in higher education who also possess outstanding leadership and administrative qualities. This allows us the opportunity to move good people into interim positions without compromising our strategic priorities,” said Lawrence Schovanec, interim president at Texas Tech. “Peggy Miller and Dominick Casadonte will serve us well in these roles and we look forward to their contributions. I appreciate Dr. Paton’s many contributions to the university and congratulate her for receiving the ACE Fellowship and the professional opportunities it will provide.”
A search for a permanent vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School will begin this fall.