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By Olivia Fey
The UNC Charlotte community learned on Monday night that Provost Joan Lorden has decided to step down at the end of the current academic year after 18 years of working for the university.
Lorden arrived at Charlotte in 2003 and since then has served as a vital leader across multiple departments, aiding in the development of the College of Arts and Architecture, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the School of Data Science among other achievements. Under Lorden’s supervision, thirteen doctoral programs were established and research funding more than doubled for the university.
As a neuroscientist and an active member of the Charlotte community, Lorden has also advocated for programs to support women faculty in STEM. She is involved in several organizations including the Echo Foundation, the Women’s Impact Fund and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Her dedication to these issues led her to being named the 2016 Charlotte Woman of the Year.
Lorden is the longest-serving provost in the UNC system, committing nearly two decades of her work to the Niner Nation. Before coming to UNC Charlotte, Lorden served as director for the program of neuroscience and was Dean-in-Residence and Associate Provost for Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s graduate school. She holds a B.A. from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. from Yale University.
In a statement, Lorden said, “Even with all the ups and downs and challenges we have faced over these past several years, I still cannot imagine a job I would have enjoyed more.” ●
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