Paul D'Anieri

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Paul D'Anieri
Born Niskayuna, New York, U.S.
Institutions University of Kansas
University of Florida
Alma mater Michigan State University
Cornell University
Known for Dean of the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Notable awards Fulbright Scholar
Spouse Laura D'Anieri

Paul J. D'Anieri is the current Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost of University of California, Riverside.[1] Dr. D'Anieri formerly served as the Dean of the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), from July 2008-Spring 2014.[2][3] D’Anieri received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1991.[4]

Prior to his position at the CLAS, he was the Associate Dean for Humanities at the University of Kansas. He received his Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in International Relations. He then went on to earn a Masters and Doctorate in Government from Cornell University.[5]

D’Anieri’s research focuses on politics and foreign policy in the post-Soviet states.[4] He spent 1993-1994 in Ukraine on a Fulbright Grant[4] and has written a number of books and articles about the political history of Ukraine.[5]

On December 16, 2016, D'Anieri tendered his resignation as Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost of UC Riverside rather than face a vote of no confidence by the Faculty Senate, whose members strongly objected to his "top-down" leadership style, his contempt for shared governance, and the "climate of fear and mistrust" he and UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox had generated on campus.[6][7] Over 100 faculty called for the Senate to act, which Senate Chair Dylan Rodriguez has acknowledged was an "unprecedented" show of opposition to a sitting Provost. According to Rodriguez, "If you have 100-plus faculty that are questioning the integrity of shared governance at that fundamental a level, it’s serious."[8]

At a town hall meeting prior to the resignation, D'Anieri and Wilcox listened to complaints about their incompetent handling of new faculty hires, their tendency to “publicly dismiss and ridicule” faculty concerns, and their "lack [of] respect for long-standing campus policies and processes."[7] Despite claiming that "D’Anieri should not be blamed for decisions ... that were made collectively by senior administrators," including a "cluster hiring" initiative that had drawn criticism from the Faculty Senate for its extremely poor planning,[9] Wilcox accepted his resignation.

In a letter to the UCR campus, D'Anieri attributed his problems to "significant differences of opinion" between him and the faculty "on several fundamental issues." [10] D'Anieri will return to his faculty position at the end of the 2016-17 academic year while a search for a new Provost is mounted. Despite his decision to resign, the Faculty Senate has announced that it will proceed with their no confidence motion.[11]

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Joseph Glover
Acting
Dean of the University of Florida
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2008–present
Incumbent