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Encyclopedia > J. Dennis O'Connor

J. Dennis O'Connor is an American academic administrator.

He has held executive positions at UCLA, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He also served as the sixteenth Chancellor (1991-1995) of the University of Pittsburgh. University of California, Los Angeles The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university located in the residential area of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in College Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., USA. As the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, the university is most often referred to as the University of Maryland... Various governments have a Chancellor who serves as some form of junior or senior minister. ... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

A biologist, O'Connor was on the faculty at UCLA, serving as Dean of the Life Sciences for six years and Chair of the Department of Biology for two years. At the University of North Carolina he was Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School before being appointed Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and Provost in 1988. A biologist is a scientist devoted to and producing results in biology through the study of organisms. ... This article is about the higher education title of provost. ...

He became Chancellor at Pitt in 1991, following the retirement of Wesley Posvar. However, he resigned in 1995, after a series of disputes with the Board of Trustees. Wesley Wentz Posvar (1925–2001) was the fifteenth Chancellor (1967-1991) of the University of Pittsburgh. ...

O'Connor joined the Smithsonian Institution in December 1995 as the Institution's first Provost. He was responisible for planning, integration and oversight of research, exhibitions, and education for the 16 museums and galleries and 6 research centers.

In 2002 The University of Maryland named him Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

The Chicago native holds a bachelor's degree from Loyola University, where he was a member of the basketball team that won the 1963 NCAA men's National Championship, a master's from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... DePaul University   DePaul University is a private university in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from a 17th century French priest, Saint Vincent de Paul. ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university, located in Evanston, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois. ...

He is married to Anne O'Connor, a specialist in oncology nursing. They have three children.

Preceded by:
Wesley Posvar
University of Pittsburgh Chancellor
Succeeded by:
Mark Nordenberg



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