Naganathan to name interim provost

June 27, 2014 | News, UToday
By Jon Strunk

Dr. Nagi Naganathan, whose term as The University of Toledo interim president begins July 1, announced today that he will recommend the appointment of John Barrett as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs to the UT Board of Trustees.



Barrett, who joined the Office of the Provost in the 2012-13 academic year as vice provost for faculty relations and accreditation, assessment and program review, would take the position following Dr. Scott Scarborough’s appointment as president of the University of Akron beginning July 1.

“John Barrett brings with him a wide array of experiences and knowledge that will serve The University of Toledo well in the months ahead. The interim administration is committed to building a more united university by melding the expertise and talents resident in all of our campuses,” Naganathan said. “As chief academic officer, John will oversee UT’s academic affairs on all of our campuses, as well as the Division of Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Libraries, Experiential Learning, International Programs and Distance Learning.”

Naganathan said the deans of the Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences will report to the interim provost in the new organization chart. The interim dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences also will report to the interim provost for academic matters and to the interim president for clinical matters.

“I want to thank Dr. Naganathan for the faith he has placed in me. I have no doubt that working collaboratively with the deans, department chairs and faculty, The University of Toledo will continue moving forward as we focus on this institution’s missions of scholarly research, service and educating students to prepare them for a career and a life of critical thinking and intellectual growth,” Barrett said.

Barrett, who served as president of the Faculty Senate in 2009, joined the UT College of Law faculty in 1994. Prior to his academic career, Barrett worked as a corporate attorney with Holme, Roberts & Owen in Denver, Colo., with a concentration in international work focused on Europe, Asia and South America.

He has published in the fields of international law, art law, bankruptcy, corporate law and environmental law. He also edited the international chapter of Norton’s Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law.

Barrett has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Arbitration Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers, World Trade Center – Denver, Toledo Area International Trade Association, Planned Parenthood, Mobile Meals and the American Civil Liberties Union.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, Barrett earned his juris doctorate from Harvard University.

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