Whitten named provost

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Pamela Whitten, former dean of the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences, is UGA’s new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Her first day on the job was Feb. 1.

Whitten was selected following a national search. She succeeds President Jere W. Morehead, who held the position from 2010 until he became president July 1.

Whitten began her career at Michigan State in 1998 as an assistant professor in the department of telecommunication, information studies and media and held numerous positions at the university. She is known internationally for her work in the field of telemedicine, specifically focusing on the use of technology in health care. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management from Tulane University, her master’s degree in communication from the University of Kentucky and her doctoral degree in communication from the University of Kansas.

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