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MISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

Changes The World

ties to make a difference in ways that you cannot do as an individual faculty member. Getting to work with a team of highly skilled and professional staff to assist our talented students with fel- lowship support and our faculty with travel funds and sabbaticals is not only interesting and rewarding work, but an opportunity to meet some amazing people and see more of what is being accomplished across campus.

Mentorship, and in contrast, serendip- ity, or at least an unpremeditated pur- suit of administrative leadership, have played roles in some faculty ultimately taking the administrative path. Faulkner found himself “drafted into all three of (his) earliest leadership positions (de- partment head, dean, and provost at Illinois).” Fonken has said that he got into administration by accident. As Chairman of the Admissions and Reg- istration Committee, he recommended an attempt at computerizing preregis- tration. As the project got underway, Dr. Bryan Jordan, then President ad interim of UT Austin, appointed Fonken as Special Assistant to the President to create the new program. When Presi- dent Stephen Spurr arrived, he asked Fonken to stay in the same capacity until the project was finished. At about the same time (June 1972), “It appeared that Dr. Ross (Provost Stanley Ross) could use some help in his office,” said Fonken and he was chosen to become Assistant Provost. Monti tells the story of “sitting in a chemistry seminar on a Friday afternoon when (he) received a note that the President wanted to see

him now.” Monti went to the Chair- man’s Office to find out who the Presi- dent was and where the President’s office was. Lorene Rodgers, Interim President, wanted him to be the Assis- tant to the President. Concerned that he had a big research group and did not know Rogers, he sought advice from colleagues and was told it was a great opportunity and that he could always come back to the department. Execu- tive Vice Provost Monti just retired af- ter 36 years of administrative service. Francisco championed the importance of mentorship. He cited the mentorship that Marye Anne Fox received from Norman Hackerman. Fox confirmed, “Norman Hackerman inspired me to take on responsibilities,“said Fox. Laude sees his “personal professional trajectory as

a reaction to the situations around him, not so much the result of a premedi- tated, charted out strategy.” His mo- tivation was programmatic: “You can see a need and develop a program to fill that need.”

Aptitude, combined with key timing, are key factors in the appointment of an administrator. Both Fonken and Harri- son were ahead of the curve regarding computing technology. Fonken’s rise to the position of Executive Vice Presi- dent and Provost was in part due to his application of computers in university management. The same is true of Har- rison at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rogers was recognized by the faculty as a straightforward problem solver. This led to her appoint-

Larry R. Faulkner

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