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Eric Wilcots Named Interim Dean of the UW–Madison College of Letters & Science

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Eric Wilcots (Photo by A. David Dahmer)

Eric Wilcots, the Mary C. Jacoby professor of astronomy and deputy dean and associate dean for research of the College of Letters & Science, has been named interim dean of the college, the University of Wisconsin has announced.

His appointment follows Letters & Science Dean Karl Scholz’s selection as the university’s next provost. Wilcots will assume his role on August 5, following Scholz’s assumption of the provost role.

“Eric is a talented researcher and an experienced administrator – we’re excited to see him move into this role,” outgoing Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf told UW news.

The college is comprised of more than 34 academic departments, 13 non-academic departments, 73 interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, and five professional schools across three broad divisions: arts and humanities, physical and natural sciences, and the social sciences.