Citing a desire to return to teaching and research, Dr. Gordon Emslie announced today (Aug. 18) that he is stepping down as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WKU as of Aug. 24. After a brief sabbatical Dr. Emslie will return to teaching next January as a member of the Physics and Astronomy faculty in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering.
“I have served five years as WKU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,” Dr. Emslie said. “It has been an intensely rewarding part of my career. Despite the numerous fiscal challenges of the past few years, the Division of Academic Affairs is in an excellent position from which to move forward in a number of areas, and in particular to fulfill the goals enunciated in the six-year Action Plan.”
During his tenure Dr. Emslie led the development and implementation of WKU’s 2012-18 Action Plan and the addition of four new terminal degree programs, and played a key role in the preparation for the reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
“I support Gordon’s decision and offer my sincere appreciation to him for his loyal and dedicated service,” said WKU President Gary A. Ransdell. “I have appreciated his sound financial acumen, tenacious support of the faculty and his teamwork with our colleagues on the Administrative Council. “
Dr. Ransdell announced that Dr. David Lee, dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters, has been appointed to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for a two-year term. Dr. Lee joined WKU in 1975 as an assistant professor in the Department of History. He has served as Dean of Potter College since 1992.
“David is a highly regarded scholar and administrator whose leadership will be of great value during his tenure as Provost, “ Dr. Ransdell said. “I appreciate his willingness to step into this new role, and I look forward to working closely with him.”
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