UGA names new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost

pam-whitten-photo-1wbedt-230x343Pamela S. Whitten, dean of the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences, has been named the University of Georgia senior vice president for academic affairs and provost effective Feb. 1, President Jere W. Morehead announced today.

Whitten was chosen from among four finalists identified in a national search to fill the second highest position in the UGA administration. She succeeds Morehead, who became president July 1 of this year. Libby V. Morris, veteran UGA administrator and a leading scholar of higher education, is serving as interim provost.

In addition to the appointment as provost, Whitten will hold tenured faculty appointments jointly in three departments: telecommunications in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, health policy and management in the College of Public Health and communication studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Whitten started her career at Michigan State in 1998 as an assistant professor in the department of telecommunication, information studies and media and has held numerous positions at the university. In addition to her current role as dean, she is a professor in the department of telecommunication, information studies and media.

She is known internationally for her work in the field of telemedicine, specifically focusing on the use of technology in health care with an interest in telehealth and its applications to improve patient care through the delivery of health care services and education. Her varied work also includes research into how burgeoning information technology can help rural youth, rural economic development and health service delivery in rural areas. Her research grants are from funders such as the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Health Resources and Services Administration and the Kellogg Foundation.

Prior to joining the Michigan State faculty, Whitten ran the telemedicine program for the state of Kansas through the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she served on the faculty. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management from Tulane University, her master’s degree in communication from the University of Kentucky and her doctoral degree in communication from the University of Kansas.

Read the entire news release at UGA News Services.

Posted November 21, 2013.