Dr. Kerry Walk has been appointed as provost of Otis College of Art and Design.

Walk currently serves as associate dean of faculty at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges. She leads academic program review, educational assessment, accreditation, and other initiatives related to academic affairs.

“Kerry is a higher education thinker, administrator and innovator who brings to Otis an extraordinary richness of teaching, curricular building, and strategic planning expertise,” Otis President Samuel Hoi said. “She will contribute mightily to Otis’ forward-looking programs and teaching and learning practices.”

Prior to her role at Pitzer, Walk served for eight years as director of Princeton University’s interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program, one of the largest and most educationally integrative academic units at the university.

Walk earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley, with a dual emphasis on Shakespearean drama and Victorian literature.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Sammy Hoi and his leadership team at Otis. My conversations with Otis faculty, staff, and students have given me a deep appreciation of the college’s commitment to educating the next generation of creative entrepreneurs,” Walk said. “This is an exciting time at Otis, and I feel very honored to be a part of it.”

Hoi also announced the appointment of Randall Lavender as vice provost. Lavender, who currently is a professor at Otis, serves as the college’s interim provost team co-chair and will continue in that role through the 2010-2011 academic year.

“Kerry and Randy form a dream team for Otis as the college positions its educational services and impact for the 21st century,” Hoi said.

Walk will join the college next May and Lavender will assume his new duties in July.