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Kerry S. Grant, dean of the University at Buffalo's College of Arts and Sciences since 1998 and a nationally regarded music historian, will become vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the university March 1.

His appointment to the newly created post, previously two positions, was made by UB Provost Elizabeth D. Capaldi.

She said Grant "is uniquely qualified for the position . . . He has extensive experience with both undergraduate and graduate education, strong academic values and is well known for his emphasis on the importance of students."

In his new, dual position, Grant will be responsible for all matters relating to UB's undergraduate and graduate courses and academic programs, and for administering the UB Graduate School.

"The attraction of this challenge," he said," is that we formed the College of Arts and Sciences to focus our efforts on serving students to a higher degree of satisfaction, and now we have the opportunity to take the same spirit and intentions campuswide.

"For me, it is an irresistible opportunity."

Combining the two posts, Grant said, "will allow us to look at some very creative options at the Graduate School, including linking bachelor's and master's degrees into five-year programs. We have some in place already, but at present they require moving through two bureaucracies. This way, there will only be one."

David J. Triggle, current dean of the UB Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education and research, will return March 1 to the UB School of Pharmacy, where he was formerly dean. Nicolas D. Goodman, vice provost for undergraduate education until last fall, has gone back to teaching mathematics at the university. Kenneth J. Levy is UB's senior vice provost. There are also three other vice provosts at UB: one for enrollment management; one for international education; and one for educational technology.

Grant, previously director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, came to Buffalo in 1991 to head UB's Faculty of Arts and Letters.

He became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at its creation three years ago through a merger of the faculties of Arts and Letters, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UB. An interim dean of the college is expected to be announced soon.

Grant holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California at Irvine, and a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

He is the author of "The Rainbow City," a book celebrating the centennial of the Pan-American Exposition, in collaboration with David Buck and is due out this spring from Canisius College Press.

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