May 1 , 2006
FITZMIER TO TAKE OVER AAR REINS, JULY 1
John Fitzmier, professor of religion at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University, has been appointed executive director of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), whose headquarters are located at Emory. The appointment is effective July 1.
Fitzmier has served six years as vice president for academic affairs and dean at Claremont School of Theology. Before going to Claremont, he was associate dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Holding a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University, Fitzmier is the author of two books: The Presbyterians (with Randall Balmer of Columbia) and New England’s Moral Legislator: Timothy Dwight, 1752–1817.
Fitzmier succeeds Barbara DeConcini, currently completing her third five-year term as AAR executive director. Founded in 1909, the organization promotes academic research, publishing
and teaching about religion.
CLINT KILTS NAMED TO FIRST JANSSEN CHAIR
Clint Kilts, professor and vice chair for research in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, recently was named the first Paul Janssen Chair of Neuropsychopharmacology, a position endowed to promote study of neuropharmacological mechanisms of drug actions. As Janssen Chair, Kilts said he will expand his investigations into the mechanisms and pharmacological treatment of drug addiction, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
Janssen L.P., a Johnson & Johnson company, is the only U.S. pharmaceutical company that focuses exclusively on mental health. It is named for its founder, Paul Janssen, a leading Belgian researcher, pharmacologist and physician.