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Marye Anne Fox


Chapel Hill, “The chair of the depart- ment advised assistant professors to teach first; second, conduct research; and third, serve the university.” Fonk- en’s military service likely inspired his career-long commitment to the ROTC program at UT Austin; he was also a committed advisor and board member to the Alpha Phi Omega student service group. Professor and Executive Vice Provost Stephen A. Monti, who joined the faculty in 1964, and who was ap- pointed Assistant to the President as early as 1974, attributes his quick rise to then President Lorene Rogers hav- ing noted the degree of his service to the University. University of California

San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox’s extramural service began with her professional career. She had already served on numerous state, national, and international boards and panels by the time she became Vice President for Research at UT Austin in 1994. Former Presi- dent Larry Faulkner confesses, “that I came to understand, through various experiences of regular faculty life, that I had some talent for academic lead- ership. Over time, it came to be more important to me to realize the potential of that talent than to remain purely in science. Ac- ademic leaders can help quite a bit to establish and preserve an environment in which many tal- ented faculty members and stu- dents can flourish. There is a lot of value and satisfaction in mak- ing that kind of contribution.”

Administrative work is service as noted by Marvin L. Hackert, Director, Bio- chemical Institute, Professor, and As- sociate Dean of Graduate Studies. “I do find service in itself to be very reward- ing. I certainly never set out to become an administrator, and have never ap- plied for any of the administrative po- sitions I have held; one thing just led to another. A similar path happened in my professional scientific society, the American Crystallographic Associa- tion. I served on committees, Chair of the US National Committee for Crystal- lography, and I am just about to com-

plete my terms as President and Past- President of the ACA.”

“The nature of administrative work is often attractive,” says Dr. John C. Gilbert, former professor and now ad- junct professor of chemistry and bio- chemistry, former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Natural Sciences, and Chairman of the Depart- ment of Chemistry and Biochemisty at Santa Clara University. “I always have enjoyed detail work, and many admin- istrative activities, if done well, demand that. I also was attracted to the chal- lenges associated with developing so- lutions to the numerous and wide range of issues that are associated with any leadership position.” Says Hackert, “Administration involves problem solv- ing. So if you like working with people and solving problems, getting involved in what makes the University run more smoothly can be very rewarding and can present some unusual opportuni-

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