Carnegie Mellon University

Dear Members of the CMU Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointments of Professor Gary Fedder as Vice Provost for Research and Professor Kathryn Roeder as Vice Provost for Faculty, effective
July 1.

As active leaders in CMU's academic community, both Gary and Kathryn bring to these new roles a sensitivity to the practices and norms of the many disciplines represented across our campus, and a commitment to the standards of the university. Together, their energy and talent represent an important addition to my team, and to its capacity to support scholars across the university.

Gary FedderGary will take over many of the responsibilities that I had as Vice President for Research. He will have overall responsibility for research administration and policy, providing oversight for responsible conduct of research and compliance, while focusing on facilitating and accelerating the movement of research and technology to the marketplace. The Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance, and the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation will report to the Vice Provost for Research.

Gary is the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Professor of The Robotics Institute. Since 2013, he has served as the first Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering.

In partnership with colleagues across the university, Kathryn will help to develop policies and practices that attract and retain diverse, world-class scholars in all of Carnegie Mellon's fields and disciplines. She will work with me to oversee all areas of faculty affairs with particular focus on recruitment and retention, the reappointment, tenure and promotion process, academic human resources issues, faculty programs, academic unit hiring plans with an eye toward excellence and diversity (inclusive of dual career solutions), and serve as a liaison to faculty related university committees.

Kathryn RoederKathryn is a Professor of Statistics and Computational Biology. She has developed statistical methods in high dimensional inference, mixture models and nonparametric statistics, and published extensively on the genetic basis of autism. She served as Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Head of the Department of Statistics from 1996-2011.

Kathryn and Gary will continue to devote part of their time to their scholarly activities. By bringing in senior scholars who divide time between university administration and their own schools and departments, I hope to ensure that the daily work of my office is informed by the concerns, priorities and perspectives of our faculty.

I am enthusiastic about Gary and Kathryn joining the Provost's Office and invite you to join me in congratulating them on their new roles.


Farnam Jahanian