Recently published minutes from a Brown Faculty Executive Committee meeting reveals that the University's Faculty Ombuds Office "is temporarily closed effective July 1, 2009 and will reopen in the foreseeable future." The minutes also state that, "In the meantime, Valerie Wilson (new Director of Institutional Diversity effective July 1), Dean Vohra or the FEC can hear faculty’s concerns depending on the situations." A call to the the Office of the President confirmed that the Ombuds Office has closed and that Flora A. Keshgegian, who served as Faculty Ombudsperson since August 2006, was no longer with the University. The telephone number for her office has been disconnected. (Brown FEC Minutes, 4/28/09; Brown Ombuds Webpage.)
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Other recent university Ombuds office closures: Pepperdine University; California Institute of Technology; Smith College; Pace University.