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Botanist Named to Administrative Post

Botanist Named Vice Provost For Academic Personnel at UC Riverside

Elizabeth Lord will oversee appointment and promotions of faculty and other researchers.

(May 31, 2005)

Elizabeth Lord

Elizabeth Lord

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Elizabeth Lord, a professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, has been named Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, a position that oversees faculty appointments, promotions and merit raises. She will earn $134,817 a year with her new appointment, which takes effect July 6.

Lord succeeds Distinguished Professor of Soil Physics William Jury, an internationally recognized scholar and acclaimed teacher at UC Riverside. She is expected to hold the part-time post for two-years. As vice provost, Lord will have final authority on merit reviews and on all non-senate academic personnel. She will work with the Office of Academic Personnel on academic appointments and approvals.

Lord came to UCR in 1978 after receiving her Ph.D. in botany from UC Berkeley. Her research specialty is the study of plant cells and developmental biology with an emphasis on flower organ growth and pollination.

The National Science Foundation’s Developmental Mechanisms Program has supported Lord’s research since 1980 and she presently has a grant from them for $600,000. Her work on the mechanisms of fertilization in flowering plants has earned her a national award from the Botanical Society of America.

“When I came to UCR in 1978 the campus was quite small. With our recent growth we are reaching a faculty size that will enable UCR to move up in the national rankings of universities,” she said. “I am excited to be part of this particular administration at this particular time in UCR's history.”

Lord’s administrative experience includes service as associate dean of the Graduate Division since 2003. She was chair of the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences from 1997 to 2000. Prior to that, she was vice chair of graduate student affairs in her department, and helped to develop the interdepartmental graduate program in cell, molecular and developmental biology.

Lord serves on several editorial boards in her field and on National Science Foundation review panels. She has also chaired the UCR Academic Senate’s committees on Academic Personnel and on Academic Freedom.

In the mid-1990s, Lord served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Life and Agricultural Sciences and on the Graduate Program Development Committee. Since 1997, she has run a mentorship program for the Women's Faculty Association at UCR. In 1998, she was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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