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Richard P. Saller named Provost of the University of Chicago

Richard P. Saller has been named Provost of the University of Chicago by University President Don Michael Randel. Saller, who is Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and a distinguished scholar of Roman history, will become the University’s second-ranking officer effective January 1, 2002.

“Richard embodies personally the same high standard of intellectual accomplishment that the University itself represents,” Randel said. “And he has served with genuine distinction as Dean of the Social Sciences Division. He is thus ideally suited to become the University’s Provost.”

Saller, who is the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor, will succeed Geoffrey R. Stone, who has served as Provost since 1993. Stone, the Harry L. Kalven, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law and a former Dean of the Law School, announced in October his decision to return to full-time research and teaching in the University’s Law School and its undergraduate College.

The Provost is responsible for academic appointments, programs, and budgetary priorities.

Saller, who has appointments in the Departments of History, Classical Languages and Literature, New Testament and Early Christian Literature, and the Committees on the Ancient Mediterranean World and Demographic Training, has served as Dean of the University’s Social Sciences Division since 1994. In announcing his reappointment to a second term as Division chair in 1999, former University President Hugo Sonnenschein said, “The division’s faculty has the highest praise for his fair-minded and responsive leadership, his incisive intellectual judgment and his personal integrity.”

A Roman historian with special interests in social, economic, and cultural history, Saller has a notable record of publication. His books include Personal Patronage Under the Early Roman Empire; Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family; and The Roman Empire: Economy, Society and Culture, a work that has been translated into five languages.

Saller received B.A. degrees in Greek and history from the University of Illinois in 1974 and his Ph.D from Cambridge University in 1978.

After teaching at Swarthmore College for five years, he joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1984 as an Associate Professor. In 1992, he was awarded the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Before becoming Dean of the Social Sciences Division, Saller served as Chair of the Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World in 1992 and 1993, and of the History Department in 1993 and 1994.

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