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June 17, 2021

Interim deans named in UW College of the Environment and University Libraries

University of Washington Provost Mark A. Richards has announced interim deans for both the College of the Environment and University Libraries.

Dennis Hartmann, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, has agreed to serve as interim dean in the College of the Environment from July 1 until Maya Tolstoy begins as the Maggie Walker Dean on Jan. 1, 2022.

Hartmann previously served as interim dean of the College when it formed in 2009 until July 1, 2010, when the outgoing dean, Lisa Graumlich, began her term. As an atmospheric scientist who studies the atmosphere’s role in climate variability and change, and how the atmosphere interacts with the ocean in a changing climate, Hartmann’s principal areas of expertise are atmospheric dynamics, remote sensing, and mathematical and statistical techniques for data analysis. He has been an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society. Hartmann is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

At the University Libraries, Lauren Pressley and Denise Pan have agreed to share the duties of dean until Sept. 1, when Simon Neame begins his term. Pressley will hold the formal title of interim dean, while she and Pan will share the business title of co-interim deans.

As associate dean for research and learning services, Pressley is responsible for strategic visioning, policy and program development, management, and overall excellence in Access Services, Information Technology Services and Digital Strategies, Learning Services, Research Services, and Scholarly Communication and Publishing. Prior this, she was an associate dean of the UW Libraries and director of the UW Tacoma campus library. Pressley also was the director of Learning Environments for Virginia Tech University Libraries and held several roles related to instruction and technology at Wake Forest University’s library.

Pan is the associate dean of University Libraries for Collections and Content, leading the areas of Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services, Cataloging and Metadata Services, Collection Analysis and Strategy and Preservation Services. Previously, she was the associate director of technical services for the Auraria Library, administered by the University of Colorado Denver, which also serves the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Community College of Denver. Prior to that, Pan was the public services librarian at the Johnson & Wales University, Denver Campus.