Pace University Announces New Provost

Pace University is pleased to announce that Uday Sukhatme, ScD, has accepted the position of Provost at Pace University and will be taking office on May 21, 2012.

Uday Sukhatme, ScD, is quantum physicist and Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

NEW YORK, NY, January 18, 2012 – Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman has announced that Uday Sukhatme, ScD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a distinguished physicist, will assume the role of Provost of Pace, effective May 21, 2012.

“I am delighted that Uday Sukhatme is joining the talented Pace team in this very important position,” Friedman said. “He will lead significant further advancement of our academic programs and faculty development, with a strong focus on the special strengths of each college and school, which are key components of our strategic plan. His academic credentials, strong record of research, and proven success at large and complex academic institutions will be invaluable to our faculty and students.”

Sukhatme succeeds Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, a national leader in nursing who assumed the role of interim provost in August 2010. She will be returning to her post as Dean of Pace’s College of Health Professions. Said Friedman: “We deeply appreciate Harriet’s many contributions as interim provost and look forward to the continuation of her long and successful Pace career.”

“Pace is uniquely positioned with a major presence both in urban Manhattan and suburban Westchester,” Sukhatme said. “This offers rich opportunities for real-life educational experiences, while promoting excellence in research, creative activities, learning, and community engagement.  I see great progress and enormous potential at Pace, and look forward to joining an institution that is moving forward in excellence, stature and reputation.”

Up and coming

Sukhatme has served as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, as well as Professor of Physics, at IUPUI since July 2006. His duties involve management of all academic issues and overseeing 21 campus deans and schools, including the schools of liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional schools ranging from law and medicine to business, nursing, education and art. Sukhatme was the driving force responsible for developing and implementing the IUPUI Academic Plan, whose major initiatives have led to transformative improvements by stimulating new revenue streams involving innovative enrollment strategies, improved student retention, increased interdisciplinary research and energetic fundraising. The striking outcomes of the strategic plan have played an important role in placing IUPUI at rank 3 on the 2011 U.S. News and World Report’s list of “up and coming” universities.

From 2002 to 2006, Sukhatme served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo, managing 30 academic departments, the Dean’s office, 480 full time tenured or tenure track faculty members, and 250 staff members. He helped to produce four successive years of strong faculty hiring, increasing tenured/tenure track faculty by 20 percent.

Before that, from 1980 to 2002, Sukhatme was at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as Professor of Physics, Head of the Department of Physics from 1991 to 1998, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1998 to 2000, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs from 2000 to 2002.

New mathematical identities

Sukhatme’s early research was in the phenomenology of multiparticle production data resulting from very high-energy collisions of fundamental particles at the world’s largest accelerators. He was a co-developer of the “dual parton model” for describing soft hadronic collisions. His subsequent research has focused on studying the consequences of supersymmetry as applied to quantum mechanics, a set of ideas that has stimulated new approaches and applications in many branches of physics like atomic, molecular, nuclear, statistical, and condensed matter physics. This research has led to a deeper understanding of known results and a wide variety of new discoveries. Recently, the application of supersymmetric quantum mechanics to periodic potentials has yielded exciting new cyclic mathematical identities for Jacobi elliptic functions.

Sukhatme’s research in the phenomenology of high-energy hadronic interactions and the consequences of supersymmetric quantum mechanics was funded continuously by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for 23 years. Among his 180 publications are 13 that have been included in the top-cited category in citation databases, an indication of their impact in the discipline of physics. His advanced level book on “Supersymmetry in Quantum Mechanics” (2001), co-authored with Fred Cooper and Avinash Khare, has been favorably reviewed and extensively cited.

Sukhatme earned both his doctorate and bachelor’s degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. Honors degree in Mathematics from the University of Delhi, India. He has been a regular participant in international high-energy physics conferences, has given talks on administrative accomplishments at many national meetings, and has received a number of community awards to recognize these achievements. He is fluent in five languages (English, Italian, Marathi, Hindi, and French).

Provost’s Post

Dear Colleagues,

I’m a strong believer that when one door closes, another one opens. I’ve seen it over and over again in my life and in the lives of others.

Since the time I entered nursing school some 40 plus years ago, many doors have opened for me.   The choices I made to travel through those doors have provided many challenges and rewards.   No matter how varied my experiences have been, there has always been one common theme:  a commitment to the greater good in all that I do. That commitment is clear to me as I become involved in a different way to continually enhance the quality of academic programs here at Pace.      

My first day at Pace in the role of dean at Lienhard was Monday, August 2, 1993. Exactly 17 years to the day later, I started my new post as interim provost.  Although much has changed in the past 17 years, I bring to my new job the same values I brought to Pace when I first arrived: a strong work ethic, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and a commitment to bring about change that will make our community a  better place to live and work.

How am I spending my first few days?  Getting to know all those directly connected with the Office of the Provost; getting to know my new boss in a different way; getting to know my new peers; establishing trust; finding out where the systems aren’t working , and so much more.  These first few days and weeks are critical; they will lay the foundation for the work I set out to accomplish this year. 

This will be an exciting year for Pace and I am thrilled to be able to play a leadership role  in shaping the strategic plan, finalizing the Faculty Handbook, supporting faculty development initiatives, and expanding enrollments in critical areas that will advance the vision and mission of Pace.

As interim provost of Pace, I hope to work for the greater good of our faculty, staff and students.  I hope that you will join me in working together to make this year a rewarding and successful one for all of us, especially for our students.

Warm regards,

Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Interim Provost