Pardis MahdaviPardis Mahdavi has been appointed provost and executive vice president at the University of Montana. Mahdavi was most recently served as dean of social sciences at Arizona State University and previously served as acting dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College as well as a master’s degree in international affairs, a master’s degree in anthropology, and a Ph.D. in sociomedical sciences and anthropology, all from Columbia University.