To the College Community:
I am writing with the news that I will step down as Provost on June 30, 2019. A sabbatical leave next year will allow me to devote more time to family matters since, as some of you know, I have been contending with a family illness. I also look forward to reclaiming time for my writing projects.
I will long cherish the work I have had the privilege to carry out over the past four years. The opportunity to help advance, support, and develop Lafayette’s faculty and academic program has been a great honor. During this time, I have learned as much as I have acted. My work has engaged me in fruitful collaboration with remarkable faculty members and outstanding administrative colleagues, who have all wanted to nurture high aspirations for the College. I am grateful to President Byerly, the Board of Trustees, and the Faculty for giving me the opportunity to serve Lafayette. Following my leave, I look forward to joining the Economics Department.
As Provost, I have aimed to develop an academic program that deepens the features of an outstanding liberal arts college and builds on what makes a Lafayette education distinctive and responsive to the world around us. Our shared values for greater inclusion in a diverse community, closer integration among disciplines, and continued innovation as a hallmark of our academic practice have guided my work. As this work has taken place, I have had the great satisfaction of getting to know and join the individuals who make up the Lafayette community. I look forward to the opportunity to thank personally those with whom I have worked closely.
During the upcoming semester, in order to ensure a smooth transition, I will work in collaboration with Dean of the Faculty John Meier, Dean of Academic Initiatives Jamila Bookwala, other faculty leaders, and appropriate committees as I fulfill my responsibilities.
S. Abu Turab Rizvi