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Syracuse University to form a provost search committee during spring semester

By Eric Reinhardt


SYRACUSE — Syracuse University will name a provost search committee in the spring semester after current Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly announced she’ll step down early next year. 

Wheatly will step down on Jan. 6, 2020 to become a special advisor to Chancellor Kent Syverud, Syracuse said in a Nov. 4 news release. 

In her new role, Wheatly will lead women’s leadership-development initiatives on campus. She’ll also advise Syverud on efforts to raise the academic profile of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) through its academic consortium.

Syverud intends to name an interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost “in the near future.” 

“Michele is a dedicated leader who strives to create change and accomplished many important milestones for Syracuse University,” Syverud said. “She operationalized our academic strategic plan, advanced the campus framework by identifying key priorities for our academic-facilities investments, and catalyzed Invest Syracuse’s academic investment by recruiting top scholars and identifying funds to support 100 new faculty hires to realize the teaching and research goals of the University. We are fortunate that we can continue to benefit from her wealth of experience and deploy it to significant areas.”

Wheatly joined Syracuse University in 2016. She had previously served as provost at West Virginia University for four years. 

“The last four years at Syracuse University have been some of the most rewarding in my 24-year career as an administrator in higher education, and I am very proud of our work together, including our successful Middle States reaccreditation efforts and launching six shared competencies to guide the undergraduate-learning experience,” Wheatly said in the release. “Now, I look forward to a new role, one that allows me to concentrate on issues that most matter to me personally and professionally, including paving the way for other women faculty members and spotlighting the scholarly contributions of the ACC.”      

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