AUSTIN, Texas — President Larry R. Faulkner of The University of Texas at Austin announced today that Dr. Edie N. Goldenberg, recently named executive vice president and provost, has withdrawn her acceptance and will not assume duties in Austin. Goldenberg recently has encountered health problems requiring treatment over time.
Given the uncertainty over her ability to take up new responsibilities on any timetable and her need for continued access to established health care, Goldenberg has determined that she must remain with the University of Michigan beyond her planned date of resignation at the end of September.
Faulkner expressed both sympathy and regret over these developments. “I am saddened for Dr. Goldenberg, who has encountered truly vexing personal concerns at such a difficult time. She has my fullest wishes for the quickest possible recovery. I deeply regret, too, that the University will not enjoy the advantages of her experience and leadership in the years ahead.”
On Aug. 31, Goldenberg closed nine years of service as dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan. She was named the new executive vice president and provost at UT Austin on July 6, following a nationwide search for a successor to Mark Yudof, who resigned in 1997 to become president of the University of Minnesota. She expected to begin her new duties in Austin on Oct. 1.
Faulkner has already begun consultations about the most appropriate way to seek a fresh appointee in the wake of Goldenberg’s withdrawal. He expects to have a further announcement within a few days.