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New vice-provost of research, dean of graduate school named (Released: 8/7/97)

by David Pesci, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut has named Robert V. Smith, Ph.D., as vice provost for research and graduate education and dean of the graduate school. The appointment is effective Aug. 31.

Smith comes to UConn from Washington State University in Pulman, Washington, where he was vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school, as well as a tenured professor of pharmaceutical chemistry.

According to UConn Chancellor and Provost for University Affairs Mark Emmert, Smith has extensive experience and accomplishments in administration, teaching, research, and public service.

"Bob understands the critical role that research and graduate education will play in the University’s future," says Emmert. "He further understands that this role can be strengthened by outreach efforts such as increasing public awareness of the importance of research, scholarship, and post-baccalaureate education."

Smith holds a bachelor of science degree from St. John’s University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Michigan. After receiving his doctorate in 1968, he joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry. He left Iowa in 1974 to go to the University of Texas at Austin where the positions he held included director of the Drug Dynamics Institute and the James E. Bauerle Professor of Drug Dynamics.

Pending appropriate approval, Smith will also become a tenured member of the faculty in the UConn School of Pharmacy.