By JEFF DURBIN, Missourian staff writer
March 3, 1999

Jean Zwonitzer has been named MU's acting vice provost for minority affairs and faculty development. She begins the position immediately, moving up from her role of assistant to the vice provost.

A national search for a permanent vice provost will begin in a few weeks. Provost Brady Deaton said he hopes to have the job filled in time for the 1999 fall semester.

Zwonitzer was a natural choice given her experience with affirmative action and faculty development, Deaton said.

She will have a hand in ensuring faculty diversity at MU by seeing that search committees are representative, jobs are advertised widely and all candidates are considered fairly.

"It's a real vote of confidence in her ability," Deaton said. "I appreciate her willingness to step up."

Zwonitzer has worked at MU for more than 20 years.

"She knows the campus well, and that's a big advantage," Deaton said. "She's a good listener, a good communicator, a good organizer."

Zwonitizer was in Kansas City attending the Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, and could not be reached.