February 13, 2009


SUBJECT:    Eleanor Roosevelt College Provost

After 15 years of distinguished service as Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC), Ann Craig has announced her decision to step down as Provost at the end of the Fall Quarter, 2009. An expert on Latin American Politics, she will also retire from her faculty position in the department of Political Science, which she has held since 1979.

Provost Craig has had a profound impact on Eleanor Roosevelt College and the UCSD campus. As ERC's second provost, she was deeply involved in the development of its permanent home on the north campus, which consists of 23 buildings including residence halls and apartments currently accommodating about 1,350 residents, and an administrative building. Provost Craig took the helm of Fifth College/ERC shortly after a decision had been reached regarding the naming. She was responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of the campus celebration surrounding the naming ceremony, which included notable speakers such as David Roosevelt, grandson of the former First Lady and then First Lady of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton. ERC and the campus also have Provost Craig to thank for the lasting tradition of ERC Week, held each October to commemorate the week of Eleanor Roosevelt's birthday.

During her 15-year tenure as Provost, student enrollment in ERC has risen from 1771 to over 3500. The College has added new academic and student life programs and developed new traditions that strengthen the mission of introducing students to dimensions of international understanding and cultural diversity in its general education curriculum and co-curricular programming. Over one third of each graduating class studies abroad. The International House, which is managed by the college, is a vital part of the ERC neighborhood and has a thriving set of programs available to its 250 residents and the campus. The college's commitment to furthering the internationalization of the campus is also demonstrated by its continued sponsorship of the campus Model United Nations organization, and ERC's partnerships with faculty in the development and administration of interdisciplinary curricular offerings such as the International Migration Studies and Human Rights Minors. International Education Week, a new tradition at UC San Diego, was initiated by the International House and ERC to engage multiple campus departments in highlighting international programs across the campus.

Please join me in expressing our sincere gratitude to Provost Craig for her outstanding leadership of, and dedication to, Eleanor Roosevelt College over these past 15 years. A campus-wide search for her successor will be initiated shortly.

Paul W. Drake
Senior Vice Chancellor