June 20, 2007
By Anita Martin
Katherine Tadlock and Katherine Ziff have been named to interim appointments in the office of Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl. Beginning July 1, Tadlock will become interim associate provost for graduate studies and Ziff will become interim executive assistant to the provost for institutional equity.
Tadlock, who joined the university in 2000 as director of graduate student services, will replace Michael Mumper, who accepted the position of provost at his alma mater, Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. In his 20 years with the university, Mumper served as a political science faculty member, department chair and associate provost.
"I am honored to be appointed to the position," Tadlock said. "I have had the privilege to work with tremendous faculty, students and staff in our many outstanding graduate programs, and I look forward to continuing to highlight the role graduate education plays in making Ohio University great."
In her interim associate provost role, Tadlock will serve as a spokesperson for graduate education and advise Krendl on funding, policies and quality-of-life issues related to graduate education. She will address graduate recruitment, program development, admissions, stipends and scholarships, interdisciplinary programs, and policies related to graduate studies. She also will represent Ohio University on the Regents' Advisory Committee on Graduate Study and work with Graduate Council and Graduate Student Senate.
"I strongly believe in the role that graduate education plays at the university and on a societal level," Tadlock said. "Graduate students are the researchers, teachers and practitioners of the present and the future. The Office of Graduate Studies is committed to providing high levels of service and resources to support students and faculty in the educational process."
Ziff, who has worked in the Office of the University Ombuds since 2001, also looks forward to her new role. She will serve as interim executive assistant to the provost for institutional equity through Dec. 31.
"One of the goals of the Office for Institutional Equity is to foster a respectful and inclusive environment for all members of the university," Ziff said. "Such an environment is absolutely central to supporting the mission of a university."
Ziff will be responsible for operations of the Office for Institutional Equity, which provides a broad range of services to students, faculty and staff on all Ohio University campuses. The office oversees services and accommodations for individuals with disabilities, monitors and administers University, state, and federal workplace and privacy policies, and works to create an environment that is conducive to the educational mission of the institution.
In 2005, Ziff was the first recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Diversity for coordinating the Affirming Diversity series of lunchtime panels for staff and faculty. She has served as an adjunct faculty member and at times as a counselor and education therapist in the university's Counseling and Psychological Services unit.
"I am quite honored to be asked to serve the university community by continuing the mission of the Office for Institutional Equity," Ziff said. "I am excited to join the talented and committed staff that Bill Smith has assembled and plan to carry on the tradition of excellence that Bill has established."
Smith, executive assistant to the president for diversity, retires June 30. He has served in roles related to diversity and equity at Ohio University for 29 years.