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Northwest Missouri State University

Alumni News

April 8, 2010

Northwest names Dunham to provost position

DunhamDr. Douglas N. Dunham is Northwest's new provost.

Dunham, who was selected from more than 25 applicants, had been serving as interim provost since July 1, after Dr. Kichoon Yang left the University to become executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Reston, Va. Previously, Dunham had been serving as associate provost since 2008.

"Dr. Dunham received full support from an array of constituent voices - the campus, our search committee, the Northwest Leadership Team and the Board of Regents," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "Dr. Dunham brings us tremendous competencies, skills and qualities that are valued by all of us and will enable us to thrive moving forward. On behalf of the entire organization and our proud alumni, it is a distinct pleasure to welcome Doug in leading our long and storied academic successes to new heights."

Northwest Board of Regents President James W. Loch noted Dunham is another key appointment to Jasinski's team, which, since he took office in July, has been working to build a stronger foundation for the future of the University.

"It's a very positive step for Northwest and by Dr. Dunham being promoted to the provost position, we will continue to advance," Loch said. "Knowing that Dr. Jasinski and Dr. Dunham are in place, we have a more stable environment."

Dunham came to Northwest in 1995 when he joined the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling as an assistant professor. He advanced to associate professor in 2002 and to professor in 2008. Dunham served as the department's chair from 2005 to 2007. He was then named interim director of the Office of Assessment, Information and Analysis and assistant to the provost in 2007.

Dunham also has served on numerous campus academic and administrative committees. He was the Faculty Senate President in 2001-2002. He is a previous member of the Institutional Review Board, the General Education Curriculum Committee, Graduate Council, Academic Chairs Council and Dean's Council.

"I'm honored to have been selected and to have the support of my colleagues and peers, which is also humbling," Dunham said. "I see myself as a team leader and a team member. I have excellent colleagues to work with, and I think the Dean's Council has been working very effectively since I became interim on July 1, and I look forward to that continuing."

In addition to his colleagues on the Dean's Council, Dunham acknowledged the Northwest Leadership Team for its commitment to quality and said he has been impressed with both groups.

"We have some significant challenges lying ahead but we have a strong history to build on," Dunham said. "We will rely on our strengths, and I know collectively, as the president has said, we will thrive not survive."

Dunham earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He completed a Ph.D. with emphasis in psychophysiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, Dunham received advanced training in his field at the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship through a grant from the National Institutes of Alcoholism and Abuse.

The provost serves as the chief academic officer for the University's three colleges; graduate school; library; the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; the Center for Information Technology in Education; the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing; and the Division of Assessment, Information and Analysis. The provost also is responsible for coordinating academic institutional research, directing accreditation activities, supervising strategic planning initiatives and overseeing enrollment management.