Marisa Anne Pagnattaro, a seasoned administrator and distinguished professor, has been appointed interim vice president for education at the University of Georgia, effective February 1.
Pagnattaro has been Vice-President, Academic Affairs since 2019 and is Josiah Meigs Professor Emeritus at Terry College of Business.
“Dr. Pagnattaro has a proven track record of working collaboratively with units across campus to advance strategic initiatives and student success,” said S. Jack Hu, senior vice president of academic affairs and rector of the university. “I have no doubts that she will provide exceptional leadership from the Office of Instruction as we seek the next Vice President of Education for the university.”
The Vice President for Instruction Research will begin this semester, and more information on the research will be posted on provost.uga.edu.
As Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Pagnattaro assists in all matters of academic administration, policy and planning, and acts on behalf of the Rector when he is not available. She chairs the UGA Arts Council and oversees the Georgia Museum of Art, the Institute for Higher Education and the Performing Arts Center. She also works closely with the Office of Global Engagement.
Prior to his appointment as Vice-President, Pagnattaro was IW Cousins Professor of Business Ethics and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at Terry College. In this role, she led strategic planning efforts related to research and graduate studies, led the college’s international programs, and chaired its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.
Her scholarship focuses on international trade and business ethics, and she has authored or co-authored over 30 journal articles and book chapters and many shorter works. She is the author of “In Defiance of the Law: From Anne Hutchinson to Toni Morrison”, which explores literary representations of the American legal system. She is the co-author of three additional books, including a widely used business law textbook. In addition, Pagnattaro has served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Business Law Journal and President of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
Pagnattaro was a 2016-2017 member of the SEC’s Academic Leadership Development Program and was an inaugural member of the University’s Women’s Leadership Development Program. She has been an active member of the University Council, serving on its Executive Committee from 2012 to 2015 and four additional committees from 2008 to 2017. Her additional work on the Interdisciplinary Committee includes serving on the Executive Committee of the Academy of UGA and faculty education. Advisory Board of the Center for Asian Studies at Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She received her BA in English from Colgate University and holds a JD from New York Law School and a PhD. in English from the UGA.
Rahul Shrivastav, who has headed the Office of Education since 2015, announced in December that he would step down as vice president of education to accept the post of executive vice president and dean of Indiana University. in Bloomington.