Marty Krauss to step down as provost, take sabbatical, return to Heller

Marty Wyngaarten Krauss

Marty Wyngaarten Krauss Ph.D. '81 will step down as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs during the coming academic year, Brandeis President Jehuda Reinharz announced on Tuesday, August 31.

Reinharz said that over the next few weeks he and President-elect Fred Lawrence would begin the search for Krauss’ replacement. When the next provost is selected, Krauss will take a one-year sabbatical, then will return to the faculty at the Heller School, where she is John Stein Professor of Disability Research.

“The Brandeis community owes a great debt to Marty, who has served as the chief academic officer for seven years,” Reinharz said. “During that time, she has led efforts to deliver the highest quality teaching, learning and research program at Brandeis.”

The provost is responsible for academic governance and strategic planning for Arts and Sciences, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the Brandeis International Business School, the Rabb School of Continuing Studies, the University Libraries, the Rose Art Museum, the research centers, and academic support offices.

In that capacity, among many other accomplishments, Krauss was co-chair of the university’s successful re-accreditation in 2006.  She was instrumental in the recruitment of new leadership for Heller and IBS, in launching the Office of Global Affairs, and in improving employment practices and benefits for contract faculty members.

Krauss, a long-time member of the Brandeis faculty, “cares deeply about the university’s ethos of service and dedication,” Reinharz said. “During her time as provost she strengthened administrative communication with the Senate and the faculty at large. I know the Brandeis community joins me in saying we deeply appreciate all that Marty has given to the university.”

"Brandeis has been my professional home since 1977, and I've been privileged to serve this great university in many different ways and roles,” Krauss said.  “Being the provost for the last seven years has been deeply satisfying, as well as challenging, and now is the perfect time to make a transition in this office to coincide with the change in presidents.

“I thank everyone with whom I've worked on so many different initiatives and projects for always bringing their best thinking and efforts to all we've done.  This is indeed a special community," she said.

Krauss is the second senior administrator to step down in recent weeks. Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Jean C. Eddy said August 16 that she was resigning to accept a position at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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