Provost to return to classroom

BY CHRISTINA SCULLY
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Vice President for Academic Affairs of The University Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D., will step down from his position effective Feb. 1, 2014.

The University community received an email Wednesday afternoon from Rev. Kevin Quinn, S.J., announcing Baillie’s resignation. According to the email, Baillie has a desire to return to full-time teaching.

Throughout his years serving as the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Baillie has dedicated himself to the improvement of the campus and The University community.

Serving as the chief academic officer, a position he has had since 2005, Baillie recruited and integrated more than 135 faculty members at The University.

In terms of academic buildings, Baillie played an integral role in the construction of the Loyola Science Center. He also completed the plans for the Center for Rehabilitation Education, projected to be finished in the fall of 2015.

Baillie also worked to improve education opportunities for students. He developed the new first-year seminars, launched successful online graduate programs and has expanded the access to the library and its resources. He took part in the development of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, the Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured and the Schemel Forum.

In addition to his work at The University, Baillie has been very involved with education on an international level. As a visiting professor he has taught in Slovakia, the Republic of Georgia and China. In the U.S., he has taught as a visiting professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and Ashland University.

According to The University website, Baillie is also a co-author of “Health Care Ethics: Principles and Problems,” and he is a co-editor and contributing author of “Is Human Nature Obsolete? Genetics, Bioengineering and the Human Condition.”

Additionally, Baillie has written articles on topics such as health care ethics, metaphysics and political philosophy.

According to Quinn’s email, Baillie will start teaching January 2015, following a sabbatical.

At The University, Baillie has consistently celebrated the accomplishments of students and faculty. A reception to thank Baillie for his contributions to The University will be announced at a later date.

Contact the writer: christina.scully@scranton.edu

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