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June 10, 2009
Northwest Missouri State University's incoming president, Dr. John Jasinski, announced today that Dr. Douglas N. Dunham, Ph.D., has been named interim provost effective July 1. Dunham currently serves as associate provost.
"By all standards, Doug has performed with excellence as associate provost," Jasinski said in making the announcement. "He is highly regarded by his colleagues for his understanding of academic affairs - and key interfaces with enrollment management, marketing, information services, student affairs, human resources, athletics and advancement. We are pleased to have Doug's passion, energy, enthusiasm and innovative spirit join the Northwest Leadership Team."
Jasinski said a search will be launched at a later date to fill the full-time position and that a committee will be named to conduct the search.
Dunham came to Northwest in 1995 when he joined the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling as an assistant professor. He advanced to the position of associate professor in 2002 and to the rank of full professor in 2008. Serving as the department's chair from 2005-2007, Dunham was named interim director of the Office of Assessment, Information and Analysis and assistant to the provost in 2007. He became the associate provost in 2008.
"It is indeed a great honor to be given the opportunity to serve Northwest as interim provost at this time in the institution's history," Dunham said. "Over the past two years I have been privileged to work with the Deans Council and observe, firsthand, what the faculty and staff do on behalf of the University. I am looking forward to continuing our collective good work for the benefit of our students, faculty, and staff."
He fills the position being vacated at the end of this month by Dr. Kichoon Yang. Yang announced in March that had accepted the position of executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, a professional association based in Reston, Va.
The interim provost 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 and Academic Chairs Council.
Dunham earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. He completed a Ph.D. with emphasis in psychophysiology at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. 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.
Jasinski will assume the presidency at Northwest on July 1.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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