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David Manderscheid, currently executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and vice provost for arts and sciences at the Ohio State University, has been named UT’s new provost and senior vice chancellor.

David Manderscheid
David Manderscheid

Manderscheid, an internationally recognized mathematician who will also hold the rank of professor in UT’s Department of Mathematics, will start July 1.

“David will be a great addition to our leadership team as we gain momentum in our new journey toward growth, innovation, and student success,” Chancellor Beverly Davenport said. “Coming from Ohio State, where he provided leadership for its largest college, he understands our land-grant mission and the breadth and scope of a large nationally ranked public institution.

“During his career, he’s built a reputation for success in forging interdisciplinary partnerships. Having served as the lead dean in OSU’s initiative on translational data analytics, he’ll provide great leadership in our initial cluster hiring with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in this area. His success in advancing e-learning, education abroad, and service-learning fits perfectly with our growth goals and Volunteer traditions at UT,” Davenport said.

Manderscheid said he’s looking forward to arriving on Rocky Top.

“I’m excited about coming to the University of Tennessee. It’s an opportunity to work with a dynamic chancellor, an excellent leadership team, dedicated faculty and staff, and an enthusiastic student body at a university that’s on an upward trajectory. Together, I’m confident we will take the university to the next level,” he said.

Manderscheid has a PhD from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, both in mathematics. He has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California; and the University of Paris.

His work in representation theory with applications to number theory has been widely published. He has received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, and the US Department of Education in addition to numerous teaching awards.

Manderscheid is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He serves as past president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences—the largest group of arts and sciences deans in the country—and chairs the Big Ten Academic Alliance Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans’ Group.

Before joining Ohio State, Manderscheid was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 2007 to 2013. He served for 20 years on the faculty of the University of Iowa, where he rose through the ranks to become chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Manderscheid’s wife, Susan Lawrence, will be joining UT’s Department of History as a professor. She is an expert in the history of medicine, with specific research interests in privacy and research ethics as well as the history of human dissection in medical education.

John Zomchick, who has served as interim provost and senior vice chancellor since August 2016, will continue serving in the post until Manderscheid arrives.

“As we move toward this transition, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to John,” Davenport said. “He’s been an invaluable part of my leadership team since I arrived here, and he’ll continue to have a senior advisory role moving forward.”


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