Frances Bronet to step down as Provost and Senior Vice President at the end of the fall semester

Date: 
Sun, 2017/10/15
By: 
Ethan Castro

On Thursday, October 12, President Alan Cramb issued the following message to the faculty, staff, and students of Illinois Tech:

“As I mentioned at yesterday’s university fall update meeting, Frances Bronet, Illinois Institute of Technology provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has accepted the position of president of Pratt Institute, a private undergraduate and graduate school in Brooklyn, New York. Frances will remain at Illinois Tech through the conclusion of this academic semester and will begin her new role at Pratt in January 2018.

During her tenure at the university, which began in July 2015, Frances has been a creative and dynamic leader who has done much to take our institution to its next level of excellence. In addition to providing guidance in the university’s selection of senior administration and deans, she was instrumental in the successful formation and outcomes of two of our largest initiatives, namely, the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship and the Nayar Prize I and II.

Frances has also been a champion for faculty. She encouraged and facilitated communication at all levels through informal faculty and staff gatherings and one of her early programs called Faculty Tuesday Cafés. Along with vice provost Christopher White, she also worked closely with the Faculty Council to promote and advance faculty, helping them grow to their fullest potential. I am proud to say that during Frances’s time here, seven young faculty members were honored with National Science Foundation CAREER Awards. Frances herself was named to the “Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2017” list of innovative individuals by the Newcity media company.

A passionate and engaged student advocate, Frances joined me as a valued colleague at our regular forums hosted by the Student Government Association as well as at Convocation and Commencement. She participated in our annual TEDxIIT event and even supported student projects through grants, including a sculpture designed by two College of Architecture students that was erected in our Bronzeville community.

The multitalented Frances recently co-directed the dance performance “Don’t Leave Me” at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. As Pratt’s next president, she will further utilize her unique educational and professional background in engineering, architecture, and the liberal arts that has made her such a tremendous asset to Illinois Tech. I know that you all join me in both thanking Frances for her outstanding contributions to our university and wishing her all the best in her new adventures ahead.

Sincerely,

Alan W. Cramb
President, Illinois Institute of Technology”

Provost Bronet was a valued leader of the Illinois Tech community and her commitment to the student body was evident in her daily interactions, even going as far as to personally invite this TechNews writer to her office for a conversation during what was a very harsh and dynamic phase in my personal life. No doubt she will continue to display  this interpersonal and strategic excellence at Pratt Institute. On behalf of the entire Illinois Tech community, TechNews would like to thank Provost Bronet for her commitment to the university and its members, and we wish her all the best in her future leadership.