Retirement of UC provost postponed as university searches for successor

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The retirement of Lawrence Pitts, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs for the UC, has been temporarily delayed as the search for his successor continues, according to UC spokesperson Dianne Klein.

Pitts announced last year that he would retire in February, after three years as UC provost. But even in mid-March, Klein emphasized that Pitts remains working with no definitive date for his retirement.

And although the university expects that a replacement provost will be appointed near July 1, it is unclear if Pitts will continue in his capacity until then.

“It depends on the timing,” Klein said in an email.

Pitts, who was named interim provost in September 2009 prior to his full-time appointment in March 2010, is a professor emeritus of neurosurgery at UC San Francisco. He has served as vice and acting chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, as well as chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital. He has also worked on various UC Academic Senate committees in his time in the UC system.

After he leaves his current post, Pitts will fully retire and will not return to teach at UCSF, according to Klein.