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ACU committee begins nationwide search for new provost

By Floyd Miller



A committee appointed by Dr. Royce Money, ACU president and Dr. MaLesa Breeding, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, has been given the go ahead to begin a nationwide search for a new provost. The committee was formed just weeks after Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, current provost, announced his retirement in May 2009. {{more}}”Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen has been a significantly transformative figure to academic life at ACU,” said Breeding. “As we conduct a national search for his replacement, we will be looking for an individual who can carry forward ACUs 21st Century Vision, but also continues Dr. VanRheenen’s legacy of academic rigor and excellence.”At the first committee meeting, members reviewed the job description of the provost, set a tentative timeline and developed basic guidelines for the search. The position officially opens for applicants Dec. 1, and the committee hopes to submit a candidate by April 2009. Other faculty members serving on the committee include Dr. Cheryl Bacon, professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication; Dr. Eric Gumm, assistant dean of the First Year Program; Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of Old Testament in the Graduate School of Theology; Dr. Patricia Hernandez, professor of biology; Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration; Dr. Gary McCaleb, vice president of the university; Dr. Foy Mills, chair of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Dr. Kim Pamplin, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Dr. Brent Reeves, assistant professor of information systems and management sciences.The provost’s responsibilities as chief academic officer of the university include both curriculum and co-curriculum, along with the enhancement of students’ learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. The academic deans and Campus Life deans also report to the provost.

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