Rita Kipp named associate provost

Rita S. Kipp, the Robert A. Oden Jr. Professor of Anthropology and chair of the faculty for the past two years, has been named to the post of associate provost, starting July 1. Kipp succeeds Howard L. Sacks, who will serve as special assistant to the president during the 2003-04 academic year.

According to Provost Gregory P. Spaid, the decision to appoint Kipp was based on her broad range of experience and strengths. "Rita Kipp will be a wonderful associate provost," says Spaid. "She has already proven how capable she is with administrative matters both in her public role as chair of the faculty and as the faculty's representative on the College's senior staff for the past two years. Rita is also a legendary teacher and one of Kenyon's most accomplished scholars. She does it all."

As associate provost, Kipp will assist in overseeing matters involving the faculty, curriculum, and instruction.

Kipp joined the Kenyon faculty in 1976. A native of Wilburton, Oklahoma, she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oklahoma and earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Kipp has edited several volumes of essays and is the author of The Early Years of a Dutch Colonial Mission and Dissociated Identities: Ethnicity, Religion, and Class in Indonesian Society, as well as numerous journal articles.

Kipp has served as director of the College's Asian Studies Program in addition to teaching anthropology courses. She has studied Southeast Asia extensively and has pursued research in Indonesia and Singapore with grants from the Fulbright Exchange Program as well as from other organizations. Kipp has also regularly served as a faculty member in the College's International Studies Program.