Fall 2007 Issue

New Provost Announced

Linda Peterson, PhD, who has been serving as Barry University’s interim vice president for academic affairs since August 2006, has been promoted to the position of provost, by Barry President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD.

Peterson, who was BU’s dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, took over the duties and responsibilities of the provost’s position following the passing of Dr. Joseph Patrick Lee last year.

“The vice presidents and I are delighted that Linda Peterson is eager to assume this leadership position and to serve with us on the Executive Committee of the Administration,” Bevilacqua said. “I am very confident that Linda will exercise her responsibilities with the greatest care and quality.”

A resident of Weston, Florida, Peterson began her affiliation with Barry University in 1979 as a part-time faculty member, becoming full time in 1981. In the intervening years, she earned the rank of professor of psychology, served as chairperson of the psychology department, associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences as well as dean and associate vice president for undergraduate studies. The members of the university’s Faculty Senate twice elected her their chair.

Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1968. She earned a master’s degree in psychology in 1977 and a doctorate in psychology in 1980, both from the University of Miami. She has published numerous scholarly articles, presented papers at meetings of regional and national professional associations and served as a statistical consultant and evaluator for school districts and a variety of social service agencies. She has also served on the university’s Strategic Agenda Steering Committee and the Implementation Committee.