For the past year, Brian McGee has been the College’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Brian has served very capably in this position, making significant organizational and administrative changes in Academic Affairs since moving to the provost’s office.
From my perspective, Brian has been a hands-on academic leader, who has been actively engaged in working to address many of our institutional challenges. As we prepare for reaffirmation of our SACSCOC accreditation, his knowledge of this institution, its students, its faculty, its policies, and its traditions has been and will continue to be critical to our ongoing work and the College’s success.
Today, I am naming Brian as the College’s new Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. This appointment takes effect immediately.
I made this decision after consultation with the Deans, with other academic leaders, and with many members of the faculty. In the course of those consultations, I learned that Brian was a widely respected faculty leader. Moreover, it became evident to me that many faculty, after seeing an array of externally hired provosts come and go, were pleased to consider the possibility of an experienced internal candidate. While I carefully considered the merits of a national search, I ultimately concluded that a search would be inconsiderate of external candidates — and wasteful of our valuable institutional time and resources — when a strong internal candidate was available.
For those who do not know Brian well, it may be helpful to know that he has been at the College since 2004, with previous faculty appointments at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Texas Tech University, and Spalding University. An expert in debate and political communication, he has nine years of experience as a department chair, with six of those years at the College. Brian also had four years of experience with the College as Chief of Staff.
Please join me in congratulating Brian on this new appointment.
– This announcement about our Brian McGee was sent out to all faculty and staff on October 30.