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FAU Names New Dean of Undergraduate Studies

            BOCA RATON , FL (June 25, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University Provost John Pritchett named Dr. Edward E. Pratt as the university’s new Dean of Undergraduate Studies.   Responsible for overseeing the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Pratt will provide leadership to an office that has the primary responsibility of providing students with baccalaureate programs of the highest academic quality in a supportive environment which promotes successful completion of their degrees.  Pratt will work with other university deans in enhancing undergraduate program development.

            “I am thrilled to be joining the FAU team,” said Pratt.   “I was thoroughly impressed with the dedication of its faculty, administrators, and staff and look forward to discussing with them ways to enrich the undergraduate experience.   There are so many things that FAU can be proud of, not the least of which are its commitments to a quality undergraduate education and diversity.”

Pratt began his academic career in 1990 as an assistant professor within the department of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He also served as an assistant and associate professor in the department of history at the College of William and Mary.  Most recently, Pratt has held the position of dean of undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary.

            “There was a wonderful pool of candidates for this position,” said Pritchett.   “Edward’s wide ranging responsibilities and proven leadership set him apart from the other candidates.”

            In a search that took approximately seven months, 60 candidates applied for the position from around the nation.   Of those applicants, three finalists were chosen to interview with a cross section of the university.   Pratt will begin his tenure as dean of undergraduate studies on June 29.   He completed his bachelor’s degree in Japanese language at Georgetown University and doctoral degree in Japanese history at the University of Virginia.

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