UM gets new provost from Texas A&M

April 29, 1993|By Douglas Birch | Douglas Birch,Staff Writer

Daniel Fallon, 54, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, will become the second- ranking academic official at the University of Maryland at College Park, university officials said yesterday.

President William E. Kirwan said Dr. Fallon, an experimental psychologist and former Fulbright fellow, was chosen from among 120 applicants as the university's next provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"For me the most attractive feature is that the University of Maryland at College Park is on a very positive trajectory," Dr. Fallon said yesterday.

"I think it's moving in a direction that will allow it to be a national leader.

"We're at a particular moment in American history where higher education is being reshaped," he said. "Some universities, including the University of Maryland, have an opportunity to grasp this moment and redefine what a university ought to be in a new economy."

Dr. Kirwan credits Dr. Fallon with bringing national recognition to Texas A&M and helping to attract the Bush presidential library to the Texas school, according to Roland King, a College Park spokesman.

Dr. Fallon, who will start in July, said he and university officials have not yet settled on a salary.

Jacob Goldhaber, the acting provost, will return to teaching.

The new provost will assume responsibility for two-thirds of the budget at College Park, which has 24,000 undergraduates, 10,000 graduate students and about 2,100 full-time faculty members.

Dr. Fallon was born in Cartagena, Colombia, where his great-grandfather was the national poet and his father was chief of staff of the navy.

He came to the United States at 3, graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring and earned degrees from Antioch College and the University of Virginia.

As a psychologist, Dr. Fallon has conducted research on learning and motivation.

He taught at the University of Dusseldorf in Germany and the State University of New York in Binghamton. He was a dean and a professor at the University of Colorado at Denver.

He took his post at Texas A&M in College Station in 1984.

He is married and has two daughters, both university students.

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