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Caltech Appoints Diana Jergovic to position of Vice President for Strategy Implementation
By Marko Puljić | Published  03/21/2014 | Education | Unrated
Dr. Jergovic is daughter of Croatian immigrants

Caltech has named Diana Jergovic as its vice president for strategy implementation. In the newly created position, Jergovic will collaborate closely with the president and provost, and with the division chairs, faculty, and senior leadership on campus and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to execute and integrate Caltech's strategic initiatives and projects and ensure that they complement and support the overall education and research missions of the campus and JPL. This appointment returns the number of vice presidents at the Institute to six.

"Supporting the faculty is Caltech's highest priority," says Edward Stolper, provost and interim president, "and as we pursue complex interdisciplinary and institutional initiatives, we do so with the expectation that they will evolve over a long time horizon. The VP for strategy implementation will help the Institute ensure long-term success for our most important new activities."

In her present role as associate provost for academic and budgetary initiatives at the University of Chicago, Jergovic serves as a liaison between the Office of the Provost and the other academic and administrative offices on campus, and advances campus-wide strategic initiatives. She engages in efforts spanning every university function, including development, major construction, and budgeting, as well as with faculty governance and stewardship matters. Jergovic also serves as chief of staff to University of Chicago provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Caltech's president-elect.

"In order to continue Caltech's leadership role and to define new areas of eminence, we will inevitably have to forge new partnerships and collaborations—some internal, some external, some both," Rosenbaum says. "The VP for strategy implementation is intended to provide support for the faculty and faculty leaders in realizing their goals for the most ambitious projects and collaborations, implementing ideas and helping create the structures that make them possible. I was looking for a person who had experience in delivering large-scale projects, understood deeply the culture of a top-tier research university, and could think creatively about a national treasure like JPL."

"My career has evolved in an environment where faculty governance is paramount," Jergovic says. "Over the years, I have cultivated a collaborative approach working alongside a very dedicated faculty leadership. My hope is to bring this experience to Caltech and to integrate it into the existing leadership team in a manner that simultaneously leverages my strengths and allows us together to ensure that the Institute continues to flourish, to retain its position as the world's leading research university, and to retain its recognition as such."

Prior to her position as associate provost, Jergovic was the University of Chicago's assistant vice president for research and education, responsible for the financial management and oversight of all administrative aspects of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Argonne National Laboratory. She engaged in research-related programmatic planning with a special emphasis on the interface between the university and Argonne National Laboratory. This ranged from the development of the university's Science and Technology Outreach and Mentoring Program (STOMP), a weekly outreach program administered by university faculty, staff, and students in low-income neighborhood schools on the South Side of Chicago, to extensive responsibilities with the university's successful bid to retain management of Argonne National Laboratory.

From 1994 to 2001, Jergovic was a research scientist with the university-affiliated National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and, in 2001, served as project director for NORC's Florida Ballot Project, an initiative that examined, classified, and created an archive of the markings on Florida's 175,000 uncertified ballots from its contested 2000 presidential election.

Jergovic earned a BS in psychology and an MA and PhD in developmental psychology, all from Loyola University Chicago, and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.


Diana Jergovic is Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Initiatives at the University of Chicago. In this role, she coordinates the work of the Provost’s Office with the President’s Office as well as all other units on campus to ensure the completion of various University strategic initiatives. She is also responsible for international collaborations and the University’s relationship with numerous local affiliates.

Prior to this position, Dr. Jergovic was Assistant Vice President for Research and Education in the Office of the Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago. In this position, Dr. Jergovic developed policy recommendations and action plans for programmatic projects related to research at the University, provided the administrative oversight for all collaborative research centers and institutes that report directly to the Vice President (i.e., Computation Institute, Consortium for Nanoscience Research, Center for Environmental Studies) as well as developed and implemented science outreach programs with area public schools and museums.

Before assuming her role at the University, Dr. Jergovic was a Research Scientist at the National Opinion Research Center, an affiliate of the University of Chicago. There she developed evaluation indicators for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey and directed the annual rankings for the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals project. She has served as a project director for large-scale projects that were national in scope, conducted data analysis, designed questionnaires and focus group protocols, conducted focus groups and served as a lead data collection trainer (to ensure a standardized approach of assessments and evaluation) for numerous studies.

Dr. Jergovic has conducted or contributed to research efforts sponsored by the Education Testing Service, the Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and various local private foundations.

Current service includes positions on two boards: Treasurer, Black Metropolis Research Consortium Board and Vice President for In-Hospital Services, Chicago Lying-in Hospital Board of Directors.

Dr. Jergovic is a native Chicagoan whose parents emigrated from Croatia (father from Ličko Lešće and mother from Bunić) in the 1960s. As the daughter of Croatian immigrants, Croatian was her first language, she learned to speak English in kindergarten when she was five years old. Diana attended Sacred Heart Croatian School on the southeast side of Chicago and sang in the Croatian choir at the Scared Heart Croatian Church for 10 years. The southeast side of Chicago has a robust Croatian community in which she was raised. Diana’s entire family is still living in Croatia, mostly in Rijeka primarily. All her aunts, uncles and cousins and entire extended family are all in Croatia. This is how she learned and stayed in touch with Croatia and her Croatian culture.

Diana holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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