|Dr. John Friedl and his wife, Sylvia
It is with great pleasure that The University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor Bill Stacy announces the appointment
of Dr. John Friedl as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Friedl comes to UTC from the University of South Alabama, where
he serves as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
"I am very excited to be here," Friedl told a gathering
of University faculty and staff on the portico of the UTC Lupton
Library. "At the core of the University is its faculty. At
the University of South Alabama, I always say I am first and foremost
a faculty member who happens to be a dean. At UTC, I will be first
and foremost a faculty member who happens to be provost," Friedl
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in anthropology from the University of
California, Berkeley, Friedl also earned a M.A. and Ph.D. at Berkeley.
He went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School
and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Friedl comes to UTC with a great depth of experience. Prior to
joining USA in 2000, Friedl was director of the Center for Legal
Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of Graduate
Studies for the Law School at Wayne State University, where he held
the rank of professor of anthropology and associate professor of
law. In 1996-97, he was an American Council on Education Fellow
in the Presidents Office at Western Michigan University.
From 1984 thru 1993, Friedl worked as an attorney, specializing
in corporate law, commercial litigation, and trademark and intellectual
property law. He was the first full-time Executive Director of the
Seva Foundation, an international nonprofit public health organization
headquartered in Chelsea, Michigan. In 1981-82, Friedl investigated
ethnic group differences in survival rates among cancer patients
as a Visiting Fellow at the Behavioral Medicine Branch of the National
Cancer Institute. He was a full-time faculty member in anthropology
at Ohio State University, 1971-82.
The author of seven volumes, including three volumes of The Human
Portrait: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, and numerous journal
articles and book chapters, Friedl is internationally renowned as
a scholar in the anthropology, law, public health policy.