The Utah State University Institutional Council has approved the appointment of Brian L. Pitcher as associate provost, a new position.

Provost Karen Morse said Pitcher will work in international activities and university assessment. He will also continue his departmental role in teaching and research as professor of sociology, Morse said.The council approved appointment of Morris D. Whitaker as director of international programs, replacing James H. Thomas, who was named director of the Far East regional office in New Delhi, India.

The council approved appointment of Glendon W. Casto as associate director of the Developmental Center for Handicapped Persons. It also approved appointment of David Henry Luth, professor, accountancy, to be associate dean, College of Business.