December 9, 1999
Tulane Provost Martha Gilliland announced today that she has accepted the chancellor's position at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and will leave Tulane February 1.
"It's a great loss to have someone of Martha Gilliland's talent, vision and integrity leave the university. Yet, we can't help being happy for Martha as she rises to meet the challenges of this new opportunity," Tulane President Scott Cowen says.
Gilliland is the 15th Tulane administrator who, since 1980, has left to assume the top position at another university "I'm excited about the opportunities and challenges awaiting me at UMKC," Gilliland says. "The strong support for this University in Kansas City opens the door for innovative and productive partnerships which, for me, are key to the success of any university in this information technology era."
As UMKC chancellor, Gilliland will oversee all academic and administrative operations of the 11,000-student urban campus. UMKC is part of the University of Missouri System, which also has campuses at Columbia, Rolla and St. Louis.
Gilliland was named Tulane's provost, the chief academic officer of the university, in January 1997. Under her leadership Tulane developed a new university technology plan, which provided the university with its first "smart" classroom, offering students and faculty a host of computerized options to develop, exchange and store knowledge.
Gilliland also launched a faculty development program to support technology-assisted learning, and began a program to enhance the first-year experience for Tulane students. This program includes Tulane's first living/learning communities in which students with similar academic interests live, study and participate in course-based activities together. Gilliland received her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and her master's degree in geophysics from Rice University.
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