Wood Accepts Provost Job, Schwartzstein Succeeds Him

Posted: May 24, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Joseph Wood, vice provost for academic affairs at George Mason since 1997, has been named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern Maine, effective July 1. He will be replaced by Linda Schwartzstein of the Provost’s Office.

Wood has been a member of George Mason’s faculty since 1987. First hired as a visiting professor of geography, he was named associate professor in 1988, a rank he held until 1997 when he became a full professor. He also served as chair of the Department of Geography and Earth Systems Science from 1990 to 1996, and before that he served as director of the geography program within the Department of Public Affairs from 1989 to 1990. He also taught in New Century College from 1996 to 1998.

In addition to his administrative duties at the University of Southern Maine, Wood will teach in the graduate program in American and New England studies. He also will hold the rank of professor of geography in the university’s Department of Geography and Anthropology. The University of Southern Maine is located in Portland.

Schwartzstein came to George Mason in 1979 as an assistant professor of law. In 1992, she was named a full professor. She joined the Provost’s Office as a senior fellow in 1997, and in 1998 she was appointed vice provost for strategic planning. She earned her doctorate in economics at George Mason in 1994.

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