Rosemary Haggett, associate provost for academic programs at West Virginia University, is leaving the provosts office to take a temporary assignment with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Va., University officials announced today (July 29).

Dr. Haggett came to WVU in 1994 as dean of the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences and served in that role until 1999 when she accepted the position of associate provost for academic programs.

Rosemary has provided four years of strong leadership in her oversight of the academic programs of this campus,said Provost Gerald Lang.In particular, her efforts to oversee and guide the program review process for the Board of Governors, the reorganization of the universitys Undergraduate Academic Services Center, the revitalization of the Honors Program and the initial steps in the upcoming institutional self-study will leave positive, long term impacts on the institution. Without question, she will represent West Virginia University well in her appointment at NSF .

Haggetts new title at NSF will be director of the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources.

The DUE serves as the focal point for NSF s agency-wide effort in undergraduate education. According to its Web site, the programs and leadership efforts of DUE aim to strengthen and ensure the vitality of undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for all students, including science, mathematics or engineering majors; students in science and engineering technology programs; future teachers at the elementary and secondary school levels; and non-science majors seeking scientific and technical literacy.

I am truly excited about this opportunity,Haggett said.It will allow me to combine my background as a scientist with the experience I have gained as a former grants administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and my nine years here at WVU .

Haggett received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) and her doctorate in physiology from the University of Virginia. She did her postdoctoral work in reproductive biology at Northwestern University.

The two-to-four year Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), or rotator assignment, will allow Haggett to remain a tenured faculty member in the Division of Animal&Veterinary Sciences within the Davis College. She plans to return to the University to teach upon completion of her assignment.

Haggett will begin her new duties Oct. 1. The search for a new associate provost for academic programs will begin immediately, Lang said.