July 16, 2008

Posted July 16, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University Provost Michael Smyer has been named a TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow.

As a Fellow, Smyer will bring his perspectives and expertise as a senior academic leader to initiatives on which he will partner with the Institute, such as the planning of Institute conferences and symposiums, participating in these events, writing papers examining strategic issues in higher education, and serving as a judge for TIAA-CREF-sponsored awards.

Smyer, who began as provost July 1, is Bucknell's second highest-ranking academic official. His responsibilities include overseeing academic and student affairs and related programs.

Most recently co-director of the Center on Aging and Work at Boston College, Smyer holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in personality and clinical psychology from Duke University.

His research interests include the impact of contexts on individuals' and families' adjustment to aging. His current work focuses on the impact of the workplace and flexible work options for older workers and their family members.

He is co-author of Aging and Mental Health and co-editor of Challenges of an Aging Society: Ethical Dilemmas, Political Issue; Changes in Decision-Making Capacity in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention; and Aging, Biotechnology and the Future.

Institute Fellows Program
Since its establishment in 2003, the Fellows Program has been an integral component of the TIAA-CREF Institute and has provided an essential knowledge base allowing it to achieve its objectives and serve higher education. The TIAA-CREF Institute Fellows Program is limited to college and university senior leadership and prominent scholars who are leaders in the areas of strategic management and leadership in higher education; faculty recruitment and retention and other workforce issues; employer-sponsored pension plan design, management and funding; and retirement savings, financial education, wealth management and the process of retirement.

There are 60 Fellows in the program, including academic researchers with active research agendas and individuals with senior positions in academe such as presidents, provosts and deans. Fellows represent private institutions, public institutions and higher education associations. 

About TIAA-CREF and the TIAA-CREF Institute
TIAA-CREF is the leading retirement system for people who work in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. With more than $435 billion in combined assets under management (12/31/07), TIAA-CREF serves 3.4 million active and retired employees of more than 15,000 institutions. Further information can be found at www.tiaa-cref.org.

The mission of the TIAA-CREF Institute is to foster and conduct objective research, build knowledge, demonstrate and support thought leadership, and enhance understanding of strategic issues related to higher education and lifelong financial security. Additional information can be found at www.tiaa-crefinstitute.org.

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