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Arkansas State University Appoints New Provost


Dr. Alan Utter

Arkansas State University has found its new provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The university announced that Dr. Alan Utter has accepted the provost and executive vice chancellor position. He is succeeding Dr. Lynita Cooksey, who is retiring at the end of this fiscal year, as provost.

The Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees will have to approve Utter’s appointment. The next board meeting is scheduled for June, and Utter is expected to begin his role on July 1.

“I am pleased that Professor Utter has accepted our offer, and will be joining us soon in Jonesboro,” ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.  “As our Provost, he will serve as A-State’s chief academic officer, the university’s second-ranking officer with responsibilities that cover the entire institution. He will report to the chancellor, serve on the chancellor’s leadership team, and take a leadership role over the academic enterprise, student success, curriculum and faculty development, research support, accreditation oversight, and carrying out our developing strategic plan. It’s a big job, so I am glad that we have someone with Alan’s experience to move us forward.”

Utter is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. He has also served as vice provost for research at Appalachian State University, where he was the founding director of the university office of student research.

He also is the current associate editor for Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Utter obtained his doctorate in exercise physiology and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.

“I want to express my thanks to the selection committee and to Dr. Damphousse for the offer and their confidence in extending the opportunity to join Arkansas State University,” Utter said.  “From all accounts, whether it is an elevation of research and creative endeavors, advancing concepts of globalization and international education and a commitment to innovation, Arkansas State is on a positive trajectory under the leadership of Chancellor Damphousse.  

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