Changes in the Provost's OfficeVice Provost Paul Paton has announced that he will be leaving the Office of the Provost at the end of the academic year, in order to return to Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Paton is a professor of law and the director of the Ethics Across the Professions Initiative at McGeorge. During the 2013-14 academic year, he will undertake an array of sabbatical projects and resume his research and speaking on legal ethics and the tremendous changes confronting the legal profession.
As Vice Provost, Paton has played an instrumental role in advancing academic initiatives in the University's strategic plan, with a focus on accountability, transparency and a commitment to excellence. Paton oversees the associate and assistant provosts for academic affairs, research and the Center for Continuing and Professional Education, and has supervised the Center for Teaching and Learning, and International Programs and Services.
He has also supervised market research for new programs, served as Chair of the University's Information Strategy and Policy Committee, overseen academic diversity initiatives on an interim basis, and played a key role in developing an approach on academic policies and the future of the Center for Teaching and Learning. This spring, the Provost has tasked him with comprehensive operational reviews of the Center for Professional and Continuing Education, International Programs and Services, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. He will chair a task force on ESL (English as a Second Language), and will prepare background materials for the Provost's review of faculty workload policies.
"I have valued and enjoyed Paul's analytic rigor, strength of conviction, and his drive to ensure that in challenging times for higher education, Pacific maintains and deepens its commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service," said Provost Maria Pallavicini. "Paul has my deep thanks for his energy and many contributions during his time in the Office of the Provost."