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Fox named Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies at WKU

A graduate school dean from Montana will be joining WKU as Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Carl A. Fox

Dr. Carl A. Fox

Carl A. Fox, Dean of the Graduate School at Montana State University, will start at WKU March 25. He will be responsible for positioning and sustaining WKU as a “destination of choice” for graduate students, and in ensuring the continued quality of graduate programs and their central role in the scholarly mission of the university, WKU Provost Gordon Emslie said.

“WKU is indeed fortunate that Dr. Fox is joining us,” Dr. Emslie said. “His considerable experience in graduate education positions him well to lead WKU to even greater success in graduate education, at a time when our portfolio of graduate offerings now extends to both masters and doctoral degrees.  Under his leadership, I look forward to truly innovative progress in this important area of our mission.”

Dr. Fox holds a Ph.D. in Botany from Arizona State University.  He has more than 70 scholarly publications and has been principal investigator on nearly $20 million of funded research proposals.  He served as Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at Northern Arizona University before assuming his appointment at Montana State, where he oversees some 50 master’s programs and 20 doctoral programs.  He has participated in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, a multi-state collaborative venture offering nearly 20 graduate degrees.

“I am honored and very excited to become part of Western Kentucky University, one of America’s leading and fastest growing universities,” Dr. Fox said. “WKU is strongly positioned to be a destination of choice for students seeking a graduate degree and I am looking forward to being part of the academic leadership team to foster and enhance excellence at WKU.”

Contact: Gordon Emslie, (270) 745-2297.

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