Healthy Brown

Planning Committees

Brown's planning groups are ensuring high standards of safety for Brown employees and students, preserving excellence in academics, and safeguarding the long-term stability of Brown.

Brown President Christina H. Paxson in March 2020 charged several ad hoc administrative committees to provide high-level oversight on ongoing issues arising from the global novel coronavirus pandemic. While the work of the committees is specific to the unique circumstances of the pandemic and does not fall within the University’s established governance committees, offices and structures, these ad hoc groups are working with relevant faculty and staff colleagues from across the University.

    Principles for committee recommendations

    As the University makes adjustments to Brown’s operations in response to the pandemic, the work of the ad hoc committees is being guided by a clear set of principles:

    1. That we will protect the health and safety of Brown students and employees;
    2. That we will protect the financial wellbeing of vulnerable members of our student and employee populations;
    3. That we will protect Brown’s mission of education and research, including focusing resources on Brown’s highest academic priorities;
    4. That we will protect the long-run financial health of the University.

    Ad Hoc Administrative Committees

    Academic Continuity Group

    This group is developing plans for reopening research laboratories and libraries, and implementing changes in the academic calendar, curriculum and modes of teaching that will enable Brown to continue to provide a high quality academic experience for all students. The group has subcommittees for four work streams, all reporting to Provost Richard M. Locke. In addition to this group and its subcommittees, a Research Task Force will focus on developing recommendations and a communications strategy for a staged re-opening of research.

    Executive Chair

    Richard M. Locke
    Provost and Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

    Subcommittee for Academic Calendar and Curriculum

    Richard M. Locke
    Provost and Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs (Co-Lead)

    Elizabeth Doherty
    Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs (Co-Lead)

    Rod Beresford
    Associate Provost of Academic Space, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs for the School of Engineering and Professor of Engineering

    Janet Blume
    Deputy Dean of the Faculty, Chair of Sociology and Associate Professor of Engineering

    Andrew Campbell
    Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Medical Science

    Melissa Clark
    Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Rob Fitzgerald
    University Registrar

    Paul George
    Associate Dean of Medical Education and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Science

    Beth Harrington
    Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in the Division of Biology and Medicine and Professor of Medicine

    Thomas (Tal) Lewis
    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Religious Studies

    Adrienne Marcus
    Dean, Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs

    Kevin McLaughlin
    Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature

    Joe Meisel
    University Librarian, Adjunct Associate Professor of History

    Shankar Prasad
    Deputy Provost for Global Engagement and Strategic Initiatives

    Besenia Rodriguez
    Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum

    Kate Smith
    Associate Dean of Biology Undergraduate Education, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Leah VanWey
    Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Professor of Environment and Society and Sociology

    Rashid Zia
    Dean of the College, Professor of Engineering, Professor of Physics

    Johanna Hanink
    Associate Professor of Classics

    Subcommittee for Online/Remote/Hybrid Instruction

    Shankar Prasad
    Deputy Provost for Global Engagement and Strategic Initiatives (Lead)

    Chira Delsesto
    Director of the Brown Arts Initiative Programs and Operations

    Nora Dimmock
    Deputy University Librarian

    Mark Johnson
    Associate Professor of Teaching Excellence and Associate Professor of Biology, Graduate Program Director for the Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry Graduate Program

    Shayna Kessel
    Associate Dean of the Graduate School

    Nancy Khalek
    Associate Professor of Religious Studies

    Sylvia Kuo
    Senior Lecturer in Economics

    James Morgan
    Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

    Karen Sibley
    Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

    Elizabeth (Beth) Taylor
    Distinguished Senior Lecturer in English

    Bill Thirsk
    Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer

    Jim Valles
    Professor of Physics

    Mary Wright
    Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

    Catherine Zabriskie
    Senior Academic Technology Officer

    Subcommittee for Communications

    Marisa Quinn
    Chief of Staff to the Provost (Lead)

    (Katharine) Tracy Barnes
    Director of Institutional Research

    Robert Barrick
    Manager of Faculty Governance & Research in Faculty Governance

    Ethan Bernstein
    Director of Administration and Operations in the Graduate School

    Other members TBD

    Subcommittee for Research Continuity

    Jill Pipher
    Vice President for Research and Professor of Mathematics (Lead)

    Jeffrey Bailey
    Associate Professor of Translational Research, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

    Laurent Brossay
    Professor of Medical Science, Chair of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

    Edward Hawrot
    Professor of Medical Science, Senior Associate Dean for the Program in Biology

    Larry Larson
    Dean of the School of Engineering, Professor of Engineering

    Bess Marcus
    Dean of School of Public Health, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Stephen Morin
    Director of Environmental Health & Safety

    Nicole Picard
    Associate General Counsel

    Jennifer Tidey
    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Lai-Sheng Wang
    Professor of Chemistry, Chair of Chemistry

    Gang Xiao
    Professor of Physics, Chair of Physics, Professor of Engineering

    Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force

    This group of scholars, administrators and students will make recommendations on the public health measures that will be in place throughout the duration of the pandemic.

    Eris Estes
    Vice President for Campus Life (Co-Chair)

    Emily Oster
    Professor of Economics and Public Policy (Co-Chair)

    Vanessa Britto
    Associate Vice President for Campus Life & Executive Director of Health Services

    Russell Carey
    Executive Vice President of Policy and Planning

    Shontay Delalue
    Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

    Elizabeth Doherty
    Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs

    Michael Grabo
    Associate General Counsel

    Michael Guglielmo
    Vice President for Facilities Management

    Jennifer Howley
    Director Risk Emergency Management & RISD Property Holdings

    Nancy Jacobs
    Professor of History

    Kathleen Kuesters
    Graduate Student

    Adam Levine
    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies

    Maria Guerrero Martinez
    Undergraduate Student

    Amy Nunn
    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences & Associate Professor of Medicine

    Kathy Tameo
    Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Director of Finance and Administration

    Personnel Group

    This group is developing plans to safely bring employees back to campus and making decisions about a range of issues affecting support for Brown staff during the pandemic. The group has an executive committee and three subcommittees.

    Executive Committee Members

    Barbara Chernow
    Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration (Co-Chair)

    Shontay Delalue
    Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity (Co-Chair)

    Amanda Bailey
    Vice President of University Human Resources

    Russell Carey
    Executive Vice President of Policy and Planning

    Eileen Goldgeier
    Vice President and General Counsel

    Lyubov Niemann
    Chief of Staff for the EVP Finance and Administration

    Subcommittee for Considerations Before Employees Return to Campus

    Shontay Delalue
    Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity (Lead)

    Amanda Bailey
    Vice President of University Human Resources

    Michael Guglielmo
    Vice President for Facilities Management

    John Luipold
    Vice President for Real Estate and Strategic Initiatives

    Stephen Morin
    Director of Environmental Health & Safety

    Kathleen (Kate) Peterson
    Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Employment Law

    Shankar Prasad
    Deputy Provost for Global Engagement and Strategic Initiatives

    Subcommittee for Return to Campus

    Barbara Chernow
    Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration (Lead)

    Vanessa Britto
    Associate Vice President for Campus Life & Executive Director of Health Services

    Eileen Goldgeier
    Vice President and General Counsel

    Michael Guglielmo
    Vice President for Facilities Management

    John Luipold
    Vice President for Real Estate and Strategic Initiatives

    Stephen Morin
    Director of Environmental Health & Safety

    Lyubov Niemann
    Chief of Staff for the EVP Finance and Administration

    Kathleen (Kate) Peterson
    Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Employment Law

    Kimberly Roskiewicz
    Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Operations

    Sarah Walker
    Human Resources Director

    Subcommittee for Operations and Rule Setting (Logistics)

    Russell Carey
    Executive Vice President of Policy and Planning (Lead)

    George Barboza
    Director of Dining Programs

    Rod Beresford
    Associate Provost of Academic Space, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs for the School of Engineering and Professor of Engineering

    Beth Gentry
    Assistant Vice President, Business & Financial Services

    Michael Guglielmo
    Vice President for Facilities Management

    John Luipold
    Vice President for Real Estate and Strategic Initiatives

    Stephen Morin
    Director of Environmental Health & Safety

    Lyubov Niemann
    Chief of Staff for the EVP Finance and Administration

    Kathleen (Kate) Peterson
    Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Employment Law

    Finance & Strategy Group

    This group is assessing the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and developing strategies to maintain Brown’s short-term and long-term financial stability.

    Christina H. Paxson
    President and Professor of Economics and Public Policy (Co-Chair)

    Michael White
    Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer (Co-Chair)

    Russell Carey
    Executive Vice President of Policy and Planning

    Barbara Chernow
    Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration

    Joseph Dowling
    Chief Executive Officer of Investment Office

    Sergio Gonzalez
    Senior Vice President for Advancement

    Richard M. Locke
    Provost and Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs