University of California, San Diego
June 7, 2005
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD (including UCSD Healthcare)
After 17 years of distinguished service as Provost of Thurgood Marshall College, Cecil Lytle has announced his decision to leave the position of Provost at the end of this academic year. Cecil will take a well-deserved sabbatical during summer and fall 2005, then return to the campus as the Associate Director of CREATE during winter and spring 2006. Upon his return from sabbatical, Cecil will continue his dedicated involvement with the Preuss School and the developing program with Gompers Secondary School.
Cecil has had a profound impact on Thurgood Marshall College and the campus. From the very renaming of "Third" College as Thurgood Marshall College in 1993, Marshall College as we know it today is a result of Cecil's dedicated leadership. His oversight of the creation of the college's Dimensions of Culture core sequence (which has received high praise from Marshall students) and the Marshall College honors seminars (which he frequently teaches) were key components of his ambitious intellectual agenda for the College. Provost Lytle's passion for deeper student involvement in experiential learning led to the development of the Partner At Learning (PAL) public service programs and the Public Service Minor. Provost Lytle will be missed by Marshall College students, staff, and faculty colleagues across the campus; and the San Diego community for his leadership in establishing Preuss School UCSD. I know the campus joins me in expressing our sincere gratitude to Cecil for his extraordinary leadership of Thurgood Marshall College over the past 17 years.
I am pleased to announce that Professor Robert Kluender, Chair of the Department of Linguistics, has agreed to serve as Interim Provost of Thurgood Marshall College during the 2005-06 academic year. Professor Kluender, who joined the UCSD faculty in 1991, has been actively engaged in the activities of our undergraduate colleges and will provide strong leadership for the College. A search for a permanent Provost will begin during the Fall Quarter of 2005.