IMS Fellow Hal S. Stern has been appointed vice provost for academic planning at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Since joining UCI as founding chair of the statistics department in 2002, Stern has held a range of academic and administrative leadership roles. He served for eight years as chair of statistics, and then more than six years as the Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. He is currently a chancellor’s professor of statistics. Formerly at Iowa State University and Harvard University, Stern’s research interests include Bayesian methods, model assessment techniques, causal inference, and collaborative projects in the life sciences and social sciences. He is co-director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and part of the leadership team for the Conte Center at UCI, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Stern is a fellow of IMS, the ASA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also served on several expert committees for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.