Provost Wendell Pritchett Gr’97 is taking a medical leave of absence from Penn, beginning July 1 and continuing through the end of the fall semester, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced in a message to the University community in May.
While not life-threatening, his health issues “require greater attention over the coming months,” Gutmann said, adding that Pritchett has been “an exceptional leader who is universally recognized for his scholarship, teaching, compassion, and commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.” Pritchett began his tenure as Penn’s 30th provost in 2017.
Beth Winkelstein EAS’93, Pritchett’s deputy since June 2020, assumes the role of interim provost until Pritchett returns. Winkelstein previously served as Penn’s vice provost for education and has taught in the bioengineering department since 2002.
“Beth is an exceptional University citizen, who is involved in all aspects of our academic, research, and student-centered programming,” Gutmann said. “We are very grateful that she is willing to take on this important responsibility.”