Jannet Vreeland, University vice provost, will serve as interim executive vice president and provost as of July 1. President Milt Glick named Vreeland to the role following the announcement Wednesday that John Frederick, current executive vice-president and provost, has accepted a position as senior fellow with the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), a public university association, effective July 1.
A former associate professor and Faculty Senate chair, Vreeland was named vice provost in January 2003. She was named interim dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism in January 2007, and will continue in this role for the next few weeks.
"Jannet brings strong experience as a teacher and administrator. She is action- and solution-oriented, and I am confident that she will do very well in this role," said Glick, who sought the counsel of the deans and members of the President's Council and Faculty Senate Executive Committee about candidates for the interim role. "She graciously accepted my request that she serve, and her willingness to do so ensures continuity of leadership as we begin the search process for a continuing provost. I am also appreciative to other members of the Provost's Office who will be shouldering a great burden during the transition."
"I will immediately establish a search committee which will undertake a national search with the goal to name a continuing provost no later than July 2008 and possibly as early as January," he said.
After a decade in Nevada gaming industry, Vreeland first joined the University in 1984 as a research assistant. She taught as a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Computer Information Systems in 1985-86 before leaving to pursue her doctorate. She returned to the University as an assistant professor in 1991. As vice provost, Vreeland serves an instrumental role in the University's budgeting process and personnel matters.
Vreeland received a bachelor of arts in English literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She received her doctorate in accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station. She has published 20 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books on various business and management topics including ethics, compensation and audit practices. She has been featured as a co-presenter at many national meetings and conferences, and has served as a reviewer for several publications.
"Jannet is very experienced and knowledgeable and will keep us moving forward during this time of transition," said Jim Richardson, J.D., Ph.D., director of the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies and the Judicial Studies Program. "We will be in good hands with her at the helm as we have a national search for a new provost."
"Jannet is a ‘get it done' person," said Marsha Read, associate vice president of research and associate dean of the Graduate School. "She is committed to this University and furthering its goals and mission. She has an intimate knowledge of the campus and has worked closely with John and Milt. This will smooth the transition and ensure we don't lose momentum."
"As Milt formulates his vision for the University's future and develops metrics by which to measure our success, he has asked for and incorporated the input of the deans, faculty and staff," said Vreeland. "I look forward to doing what I can to continue this increased level of involvement. We have an exciting year ahead."
Both Glick and Vreeland expressed appreciation for Frederick's service to the University. "The University has benefited greatly from his leadership. He leaves a very solid foundation for his successor," said Glick.
"I have enjoyed working with and for John. His commitment to the University and to higher education sets an example for us all," Vreeland added. "The member institutions of NASULGC will benefit from his experience and dedication."