April 4, 2013


SUBJECT:    Revelle College Provost

After four years of distinguished service as Provost of Revelle College, Professor Don Wayne has announced his decision to step down at the end of the Spring Quarter, 2013. Provost Wayne served a four-year term as department chair of the Department of Literature prior to coming to Revelle College as Provost in July 2009. Provost Wayne is known for his work on Ben Jonson, and has published essays on the social construction of literary and cultural studies in the US and the UK. His research interests include early modern studies; US culture from 1945-60; history of literary studies in education; theory and interdisciplinary studies. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and other grants and has served on various campus and UC system wide committees. Provost Wayne will also retire from his faculty position in the department of Literature, which he has held since 1975. His undergraduate education began at Queens College (CUNY) followed by graduate studies at Hunter College (CUNY) and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He received his Ph.D. in literature at the University of California, San Diego.

Provost Wayne has had a profound impact on Revelle College and the UC San Diego campus. Working closely with college staff, he improved the working dynamics across units to foster cooperation and collaboration in providing essential services to students. He opened the Revelle Honors Seminar to qualified transfer students, and initiated the tradition of inviting a distinguished Alumnus to give the keynote address at Commencement. Provost Wayne negotiated with the family of SIO's climate warming pioneer theorist, Charles David Keeling, for permission to name Revelle College's new apartment building complex the Keeling Apartments, and initiated a series of occasional programs related to environmental sustainability in honor of Charles David Keeling. He initiated a series of scholarships for Revelle students to study abroad in the Revelle in Rome Global Summer and in the Summer Seminar on Public Health at a clinic in a refugee camp in Amman Jordan.

Provost Wayne co-chaired the Advisory Committee that drafted the proposal for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) graduation requirement that was eventually approved by the Academic Senate, and served on the first standing committee overseeing the DEI requirement. He served for three years as Council of Provosts' representative ex officio to the Academic Senate Committee on Admissions during which time he recommended strategies for improving yield of students from underrepresented communities. He served for more than two years as the COP representative on the committee that rewrote the UC San Diego Student Conduct Code, and also chaired the search committee for the Director of the campus Writing Center.

Please join me in expressing our sincere gratitude to Provost Wayne for his outstanding leadership of, and dedication to, Revelle College over these past four years, and for his 38 years of extraordinary service to UC San Diego. Professor Ann Craig has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Provost beginning July 1, 2013. A campus-wide search for his successor will be initiated in the fall.

Suresh Subramani
Executive Vice Chancellor