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For immediate release: Feb. 18, 2003
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Rao stepping down as University ombuds officer
National search for replacement to be conducted
PRINCETON, N.J. Anuradha (Anu) Rao, University ombuds
officer, will step down as of Thursday, Feb. 20. Rao, who
has served in the position since 1998, has accepted a job
as ombudsperson for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Princeton is an excellent University, and it is sad
to leave. What really strikes me about Princeton is it is
a place where so much is possible because of the people and
its unique resources, Rao said. It is really
possible to have an ideal community here, and we have been
striving for that. I want to encourage people to keep striving
for more and better.
"Anu Rao has contributed in countless ways to improving
people's lives here at Princeton. We will miss her and pay
her tribute by carrying on our shared commitment to fairness
and equity for all," said Provost Amy Gutmann.
Princetons ombuds office, which was created in 1993,
serves the campus community by resolving problems, providing
mediation and encouraging an environment of civility and
respect. The University soon plans to fill the position on
interim basis as a national search for a permanent replacement
In the interim period, employees may seek assistance from
the appropriate supervisors, the Office of Human Resources
or the University's employee assistance counselor, Bill Sanderson.
Students may seek assistance from appropriate deans, college
masters or directors of graduate studies. Racial and ethnic
harassment advisers also are available to the University
community. Anyone unable to reach the appropriate contact
may seek assistance from Joann Mitchell, vice provost for
Rao first came to Princeton in 1988 and served as the director
of training and organizational development in human resources
until 1992. She departed to serve as an assistant professor
in the Graduate School of Social Work at Bryn Mawr College
and returned to Princeton as interim ombuds officer in 1997.
I met Anu Rao last year, and I was really impressed
with her dedication to her job and her interest in serving
others, said former Undergraduate Student Government
President Nina Langsam, a senior. Her interest in such
programs as the Unsung Heroes Award Luncheon and the civility
forum proves that she is committed to not only honoring members
in our community who have not been recognized, but also to
creating an environment where everyone feels comfortable.
The undergraduates will certainly miss Anu and her cheerful
Rao, who will provide services to Coca-Cola Enterprises employees
in the United States, earned a bachelor of science in 1970
and a master's in social work in 1972 from Bangalore University
in India. She also earned a second master's in social work
in 1978 and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning, focusing
on organizational behavior, planning and social policy, in
1996 from the University of Pennsylvania.