UMass’ Staros to resign provost post

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs James V. Staros will resign at the end of this academic year.
PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs James V. Staros will resign at the end of this academic year. PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS

AMHERST — After five years as provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMass Amherst, James V. Staros will resign his post at the end of the academic year.

In an email to colleagues Wednesday afternoon, Staros, 66, said his resignation is due to changes in his “personal circumstances.” He is also a professor in the university’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology and said he will continue to teach there after resigning as provost.

“The provost worked very hard and effectively over the last five years,” university spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said Wednesday. “We appreciate all his accomplishments and contributions to the university during that time.

Blaguszewski said he did not have any details about the reason behind Staros’ decision. Staros and the provost did not return calls seeking for comment.

“While I had planned to serve longer in my current role, changes in my personal circumstances have led to my decision to step down earlier than I had previously intended,” Staros said in the email. “I am announcing this now, rather than waiting until later in the academic year to clear the way for Chancellor (Kumble) Subbaswamy to conduct a national search in time for have a new provost in place for the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year.”

Blaguszewski said university officials will determine the search process soon and Staros’ early announcement “has given us a good time table to work with.”

As the provost, Staros is the chief academic officer of the university and responsible “for the academic missions of the campus in education, research and scholarship, and outreach and service,” according to the office of the provost’s website.

Staros lives in Leverett with his wife Alice C. Harris, a linguistics professor at UMass.

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