March 13, 1997
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Provost Carnesale Named UCLA Chancellor

Provost Albert Carnesale has been named the next chancellor of the University of California at Los Angeles.

The Board of Regents of the University of California approved the appointment on March 6.

Carnesale, University Provost since 1994 and former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, will continue serving as Provost through the end of the 1996-97 academic year. He will begin his duties at UCLA in July 1997, succeeding Charles E. Young.

President Neil L. Rudenstine said that he would immediately undertake a search for Carnesale's successor, consulting closely with the Deans and other members of the Harvard community.

"It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work in such close partnership with Al Carnesale," Rudenstine said. "He has been an enormous source of strength for the University -- an outstanding academic leader, an effective administrator, and a devoted colleague whose counsel and insight have come to be valued by people across Harvard. UCLA has made a superb choice for its next chancellor, and our colleagues in California will be extremely fortunate -- as we have been -- to have the benefit of Al's leadership and incisiveness, his collegiality and spirit, and his capacity to bring people together in order to move the university forward."

"Serving as Harvard's Provost, and working with Neil Rudenstine for these past several years, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career," said Carnesale. "There are few opportunities I can think of that would tempt me to consider leaving a position that has been so engaging, and a community of friends and colleagues who have meant so much to me for so long.

"I'm honored and excited by the prospect of leading UCLA, one of the nation's great public universities, at a time of particular challenge for higher education," Carnesale said. "Meanwhile, I look forward to a productive rest of the academic year at Harvard, and to leaving my eventual successor the strongest possible foundations on which to build. If my time at UCLA brings me anything resembling the personal and professional satisfaction that I've gotten from my 23 years as a member of the Harvard community, I will consider myself extremely fortunate."

Since its inception early in Rudenstine's tenure, the Provost's Office has emerged as the focal point for planning and policy on matters with dimensions that extend across different Harvard Faculties and Schools.

As Provost since 1994, Carnesale has served as Rudenstine's principal deputy for academic affairs, with an emphasis on programs and activities that involve several parts of the University.

"We shall all miss Al Carnesale greatly," said Jeremy R. Knowles, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. "He has been thoughtfully supportive in drawing the Faculties together, with a clarity and strength of purpose that make him a marvelous colleague. I regretfully applaud the excellent judgment of the University of California regents."

Carnesale has overseen the development of a number of cross-School academic activities, including the evolution of the five Inter-Faculty Initiatives that emerged from the University-wide academic planning process begun in 1991. In addition, he has been at the center of efforts to coordinate inter-Faculty activities in international affairs, information technology, and other areas.

"Al has a strong appreciation for the value of rigorous interdisciplinary work and an equally strong sense of how to foster an academic environment in which such work can flourish and grow," said Dennis F. Thompson, associate provost and director of the University-wide Program in Ethics and the Professions. "That combination has helped Harvard take major steps forward in a wide range of significant academic pursuits."

Carnesale has also played a leading role in efforts to achieve a more collaborative, interdepartmental approach to Central Administration budgeting and planning. He chairs the Central Administration Budget Committee, as well as periodic meetings of the vice presidents, and serves as the principal Central Administration liaison to the FAS Resources Committee.

Information technology has emerged as one of the focal points of the Provost's Office during Carnesale's tenure. He recently convened a new University Committee on Information Technology to explore issues relating to the uses of new technologies in education and research. The Provost's Office, with direction from Assistant Provost Anne Margulies, has also overseen the transformation of the Office for Information Technology into University Information Systems, as well as the launching of Project ADAPT, a major multiyear initiative to modernize and streamline several of the University's core administrative data systems.

Besides leading the Provost's Office, whose senior members include Associate Provost Thompson and Assistant Provosts Margulies, Marsha Semuels, and Sarah Wald, Carnesale oversees such units as the Harvard Institute for International Development and the Center for Hellenic Studies, and chairs the University Benefits Committee. He has also been one of the principal moving forces behind the University Campaign.

Carnesale joined the Harvard faculty in 1974. His research and teaching have focused on international relations and national security policy, with emphasis on nuclear weapons issues and arms control. He served as Academic Dean of the Kennedy School from 1981 to 1991, then as its Dean from 1991 to 1995.

"One of the best things about becoming Dean of the Kennedy School has been the opportunity to build on Al Carnesale's achievements," said Joseph Nye Jr., the School's Dean since late 1995. "In his time as Provost, he has done a great deal to strengthen Harvard as a whole, with the same skill, energy, and insight that contributed so much to the Kennedy School for more than 20 years."

Born in 1936 and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Carnesale earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering at Cooper Union and Drexel University. He received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University, where he served as a member of the faculty from 1962 to 1969 and from 1972 to 1974. Between his stints at North Carolina State, he served as a bureau chief in the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1969 to 1972, and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I).

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Carnesale was a founding editor of the quarterly journal International Security. He is the coauthor of several books, including, most recently, New Nuclear Nations: Consequences for U.S. Policy (1993) and Fateful Visions: Avoiding Nuclear Catastrophe (1988).

"I know I speak for all of us in expressing our appreciation and thanks for all that Al Carnesale has done for Harvard -- as Provost, and also as Dean of the Kennedy School and a senior member of the faculty, over the course of more than 20 years of service," Rudenstine said. "As he prepares to take on his new responsibilities, he carries with him the good wishes and friendship of the entire Harvard community."


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