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ASU Provost Finalists Scheduled to Visit Jonesboro Campus


Candidates for Arkansas State University’s vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost position have been formally invited to visit the campus.

Chancellor Kelly Damphousse has extended invitations to the three finalists who were selected by the provost search committee. The finalists are Dr. Velmer S. Burton Jr., Dr. Gregg A. Garn, and Dr. Alan C. Utter.

Each candidate will visit the Jonesboro campus during March. Utter is slated to visit the campus on March 4-6; Garn is scheduled to visit March 10-12; and Burton is scheduled for March 26-28.

The candidates are scheduled to deliver a public presentation on the second day of their respective visits from 4 to 5 p.m. Following the presentations, there will be receptions for the faculty and staff from 5 to 6 p.m.

Find out more about the candidates and the final schedule of events here.

Burton serves as the senior vice chancellor for university strategy and performance at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  He earned his bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and also holds an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  A criminal justice faculty member, he has served in administrative positions at the University of Minnesota and the University of Mississippi prior to UA Little Rock.

Garn serves as the dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma.  He earned his bachelor degree at the University of Northern Iowa, and his master and doctoral degrees at Arizona State University.  An education faculty member, he currently is the executive director of OU’s K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal and has held the Humphrey’s Chair in Education at Oklahoma.

Utter serves as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.  He earned his bachelor, two master degrees and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.  An exercise science faculty member, he previously held administrative positions at Appalachian State where he was vice provost for research, the founding director of the university office of student research and the director of the health promotion degree program.

Images and candidate bios courtesy of Arkansas State University

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