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Garza steps down
After eight years of service to Boston College, Cutberto Garza stepped down from his position as Provost and Dean of Faculties on June 30. Following a year’s study leave, he will become University Professor in September 2014.
During his tenure, Garza worked to bolster the University’s research capability and academic standing. From 2005 to 2012, research funding from external sources rose from $38 million to $51.5 million, and the University’s U.S. News and World Report ranking climbed from 37 to 31. The number of full-time faculty increased by 38. “Bert helped to recruit some of our best young faculty, strengthen our student advisement system, and improve our faculty tenure process,” said University President William P. Leahy, SJ, “and I look forward to his continued contribution as University Professor.”
Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Garza served as Cornell University’s vice provost (1998–2000) and director of its Division of Nutritional Sciences (1988–98, 2003–05). The San Diego, Texas, native received his MD (1973) from Baylor College of Medicine and Ph.D. (1976) in nutrition and food science from MIT. Garza serves on the technical advisory boards of a number of organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization, and the World Food Program. In April, the American Society for Nutrition named him a fellow, its top honor.
Fr. Leahy has named Joseph F. Quinn, the James P. McIntyre Professor of Economics, to serve as interim provost until the University completes a national search for Garza’s successor.
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