The school’s new provost, Domenico Grasso, will oversee all programs of instruction, research and service.
Grasso is currently vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College of the University of Vermont. His tenure at Delaware will start Aug. 15.
University of Delaware leaders have been searching for a new provost since Tom Apple resigned from the position in June 2012 to become chancellor at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. In the meantime, Nancy Brickhouse has served as interim provost. Once Grasso starts, Brickhouse will return to her former position as deputy provost.
In a statement, Harker says Grasso “brings an impressive portfolio of experience, insight and leadership to this post as the University of Delaware’s chief academic officer.”
Grasso says, “I have been deeply impressed with the University of Delaware’s faculty, staff, students and facilities and most importantly its steep trajectory towards being recognized as one of the world’s great universities.” In addition to his work at the University of Vermont, Grasso is also the current editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Engineering Science and has served as vice chair of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board.