Paul W. Ludden,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Paul W. Ludden, is SMUís
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Formerly dean of the College of
Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Ludden also is
a scholar in environmental biochemistry and holds a tenured professorship in the
Department of Biological Sciences. As the Universityís chief academic officer,
he oversees all aspects of academic life, ranging from admissions and
faculty development to supervision of SMUís seven schools, library system, and
About Provost Ludden
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Ludden
received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1972
and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977.
After a Rockefeller postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University, he
served as an assistant professor at the University of California-Riverside. In
1981 he returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he rose to the
rank of full professor.
At Wisconsin, he directed the Biochemistry
Graduate Program for 14 years and taught in the highly regarded Biocore Program
for undergraduates. Continuing his administrative career while pursuing his
research interests, he served as assistant chair of the Biochemistry Department
and later as executive associate dean, College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences, at Wisconsin.
In 2002 Ludden joined UC, Berkeley as dean
of the College of Natural Resources and professor of plant and microbial
biology. In addition to his duties as dean, he taught a first-year seminar and
co-taught the core microbiology course for undergraduate majors. While at
Berkeley, he held a concurrent appointment as a faculty member at the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, and represented Berkeley on several environmental
science groups and in the University-Industry.
An expert on microbial biochemistry, Ludden
with his students has published more than 175 peer-reviewed papers and book
chapters. His work was chosen by the NIH for a 10-year Merit Award that provides
support for his laboratory.
He and his wife Linda have two children, Jason and Lindsey. Jason is a Ph.D. student in creative writing at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Lindsey is a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin.
Honors & Awards
Ludden has received numerous honors, among
them the Steenbock Career Development Award, the Romnes Faculty Fellowship, and
the WARF Mid-Career Award at Wisconsin, the American Society of Microbiology
Graduate Teaching Award, and an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in
Sweden. Elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, he is a member of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the
American Society of Biological Chemists.
His contributions to the profession include
serving as panel manager for the USDA Competitive Grants Panel; as co-chair of
the Board of Examiners for the Graduate Record Examination in Biochemistry, Cell
and Molecular Biology; and as a member of the NIH Microbial Physiology and
Genetics Study Section. Ludden has served on numerous other university,
government and business advisory boards and panels.
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