They say that “good things come in threes,” and as we look to 2021, ASU will see three distinguished and dedicated leaders assume new and very important roles that will help to shape our university’s future.
On November 23, I announced that Dr. Sally C. Morton will be the new executive vice president of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise. Dr. Morton is a pioneering and internationally acclaimed statistician, and an experienced leader who has served as dean of the College of Science and interim director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech. As EVP, she will oversee ASU’s extensive research portfolio, build its research competitiveness and advance critical public and private-sector alliances. The following week, Dr. Nancy Gonzales was named ASU’s next executive vice provost and university provost. Dr. Gonzales is currently the dean of natural sciences and is a first-generation college graduate, ASU alumna and Arizona native with a celebrated 25-year career in psychology. She will lead ASU’s Academic Enterprise and will be responsible for enhance academic excellence, faculty quality, student enrollment and the comprehensive reach, capability and success of our full-immersion and digital education programs. And most recently, Maria Anguiano, ASU’s senior vice president for enterprise strategy and planning, will now lead our Learning Enterprise , an initiative she first designed to grow the university’s learning options and make them available to learners of all ages. Maria is also a first-generation college graduate and has dedicated her career to expanding access to higher education. She has been an integral part of my leadership team for two years, working on university budget and revenue strategies and guiding complex strategic projects, like ASU’s Los Angeles location and ASU Local. These outstanding leaders will all work to shape ASU’s future related to all facets of our charter and I look forward their contributions. I hope you will join me in congratulating them as they begin their assignments next year.