Final Post as Provost – After Nine Years

On January 1, 2018, I transitioned to the role of Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff and concluded my service as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, a role in which I served for more than nine years. I am pleased that Dr. Pamela Jackson, currently Dean of College and Business and Economics, has been appointed Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  In multiple administrative roles, Dr. Jackson has performed excellently and made many significant accomplishments.  She will do very well as interim provost.  Academic Affairs is the heart of any university; program offerings, instruction, and academic support are the very essence of higher education. I am grateful to Chancellor Anderson for giving me the opportunity to lead this enterprise.  I have been especially blessed to have a hard-working and dedicated administrative team. And thanks to my wife, Paula, for her ongoing support and patience.   Perhaps the most beneficial part of being provost has been learning about the wonderful work of faculty members in research, creative activities, teaching, and service. Moreover, I have gained an enormous appreciation for staff members’ commitment to our students.  The higher education landscape in North Carolina has changed dramatically since 2008, but I remain proud to be part of an institution that for 150 years now has facilitated the educational and career success of individuals who might not have otherwise had such an opportunity. FSU is an important force for social justice!  Our challenge in 2018 and beyond is to build upon this rich legacy by doing an even better job, by helping more students complete degrees that prepare them for success in their personal, social, and professional lives.  My experience of the past nine years gives me great confidence that we will meet this challenge.  Thanks and best wishes to all my colleagues!