News for Wednesday, June 5, 2013

School for Advanced Research VP John Kantner Accepts Position at University of North Florida

John KantnerJohn KantnerVice president John Kantner introducing a colloquium speaker, photograph by Jason S. OrdazJohn KantnerVice president John Kantner introducing a colloquium speaker, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) today announced the resignation of John Kantner, the Vice President for Academic & Institutional Development, after seven years of service to the internationally renowned research center. Kantner has accepted a position as Vice President for Research at the University of North Florida (UNF) where he will continue his efforts to promote superior scholarly and creative work, this time at an institution consisting of more than 500 faculty members and 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UNF is a relatively young but up-and-coming university that has garnered national recognition by Forbes, US News & World Report, and Kiplinger, among others. “UNF was impressed with the work of SAR and is eager for me to apply the skills and knowledge I’ve gained here, especially for promoting interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research, scholarship, and creative work,” said Kantner.

While at SAR, Kantner worked with President James F. Brooks to implement many positive changes. “I am quite proud of what SAR has accomplished during my tenure—from the historic purchase of three adjoining vacant lots, to doubling the number of scholars and artists that we support, all while increasing gifts and grants by more than 100% during an economically challenging period. I am especially proud to have worked alongside such a dedicated and talented staff. I will always remember my time at SAR with great fondness.”

Dr. Brooks commented that “John Kantner embodies all that is commendable in the world of SAR: a respected archaeologist, specializing in Chaco Canyon, a talented program designer and grant writer, a masterful manager of a complex portfolio of personnel divisions at the School, and one of the finest men I have had the pleasure of working with, inside and outside the academy. He will be missed, but his legacy is secure.”

Dr. Glen W. Davidson, Chair of the Board of Directors, expressed the congratulations of the SAR Board at the same time lamenting the loss of John's talents at the School. "But we look forward to his return in March when he will be one of SAR's featured lecturers."

A native of Santa Fe and a graduate of Santa Fe High School, Kantner received his BA from Colorado College and MA and PhD from University of California–Santa Barbara. He has worked internationally as an anthropological archaeologist, but is best known for his work on the archaeology of the Chaco Canyon region. After several years as a professor of anthropology at Georgia State University, Kantner returned home in 2006 to join SAR’s executive team. His new position at UNF includes a faculty appointment as a professor of anthropology.

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