Provost Persis Drell announced on Thursday that physics professor Sarah Church will become the new vice provost for undergraduate education (VPUE) on June 1. Church will succeed Harry Elam, who is leaving Stanford to become the next president of Occidental College.

Church currently serves as the vice provost for faculty development, teaching and learning and is responsible for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). With Church’s new appointment, CTL will also move to the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

“I’m deeply honored to assume this role,” Church told Stanford News. “As a first-generation student myself, I know personally what a profound impact an outstanding undergraduate experience can have on the lives of students far beyond their time at university.”

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