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September 3, 2009

Daniel named Distinguished Service Professor

danielChancellor Mark A. Nordenberg named Jack L. Daniel, professor of communication and former vice provost for Undergraduate Studies, as Distinguished Service Professor of Communication, effective Sept. 1.

The appointment to a Distinguished Professorship, the highest honor that can be accorded a member of the professorate, is given in recognition of distinctive contributions and outstanding service to the University community in support of its mission, as well as excellence in the faculty member’s department and national stature in his or her field.

Daniel served as Pitt vice provost for Undergraduate Studies and dean of students, 2002-2005. In his administrative role, he served as chair of the enrollment management steering committee. He also was responsible for new undergraduate academic programs and worked with the Chancellor’s diversity task force and Equipoise on issues relating to diversity.

At Pitt since 1968, Daniel has served as chair of the Department of Black Studies, vice provost for Academic Affairs and interim dean of the College of General Studies.

Daniel earned his BS in psychology and his MA and PhD in communication, all at Pitt.

He was an American Council on Education fellow at Stanford and is an alumnus of Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management.

With his son Omari Daniel co-authored the 2003 memoir “We Fish, the Journey to Fatherhood.” He is working on a book-length critical analysis of his work at Pitt, tentatively titled “The Pursuit of Diversity: A Black Soul’s Wandering in an Ivory Tower.”

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