By Michael Wunder, News Editor
Longtime University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Member and administrator Susan Fritz has been named associate vice president of academic affairs in the Office of the Provost at the University of Nebraska Aug. 12. Her appointment became official Aug. 15.
Fritz will oversee the University’s multi-campus academic initiatives, working with faculty, administrators, policy makers and industry partners to advance research.
She will also organize the review of novel graduate programs and core research facilities and serve as liaison to the Nebraska Coordinating Commission on Post-Secondary Education.
“Dr. Fritz’s experience in IANR has given her great insight into the needs and economic interests of the people of Nebraska,” said NU Provost Linda Pratt. “She also brings both a depth and breadth of administrative experience across numerous disciplines, which will be a great asset in working with faculty across all campuses to advance the University’s research mission.”
The NU Provost is the University system’s executive vice-president and chief academic officer. Pratt is also the dean of the graduate college at UNL and acts as advisor to the president, chancellors and Board of Regents on matters related to academic affairs, graduate studies and research and serves as acting president in the temporary absence of the president.
Fritz will work in the office of the provost.
Before her appointment, Fritz served as associate vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a position she’s held since 2005. She also oversees IANR’s international agricultural programs and is a former associate dean of CASNR and department head of the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (AgLEC) program.
Fritz is a 1979 graduate of UNL; she received her master’s degree in 1989 and her Ph.D. in 1993, both from UNL, according to the press release. She and her husband Russell have managed Fritz Family Farm in Crete, a crop and cow-calf operation, since 1979. In 2009, Fritz was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence.