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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 12, 2014

Northwest announces Mottet as next provost

Dr. Timothy Mottet

Dr. Timothy Mottet

Northwest Missouri State University has announced Dr. Timothy Mottet will serve as its next provost after the University’s Board of Regents approved the hire Monday. He will join Northwest Friday, Aug. 1.

“Tim is a proven leader that has produced positive results through his strong teaching, research, service and fundraising skills,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “His student-centeredness, classroom experience, academic planning and knowledge of academe’s pending environmental changes complement his ongoing use of metrics and willingness to be bold and work collaboratively to achieve ever-increasing expectations. Our search committee is to be commended and the feedback received from constituents has been unanimously supportive of Tim as our next provost.”

Mottet returns to Northwest, where he completed some of his undergraduate work, from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where he has served as dean of fine arts and communication since 2011. He has more than 15 years of experience in higher education that also includes teaching and extensive scholarship and research activities.

“I’m truly honored to be given this wonderful opportunity to return to Northwest,” Mottet said. “I look forward to partnering with faculty and staff in academic affairs and across the other units of the University to align and elevate academic programs and services to meet the needs of students, employers, and communities.”

He added, “Higher education is going through a transformation, and it’s important to me that faculty and staff play a role in how higher education evolves. I’m committed to facilitating this process and creating new opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.”

Previously, Mottet worked for the University of Texas-Pan America in Edinburg, Texas, from 2007 to 2011, serving as a professor, endowed chair in communication, and assistant chair and chair of the Department of Communication. Between 1999 and 2007, Mottet held assistant professor and associate professor roles in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University. 

Prior to working in higher education, Mottet worked for Northwest Airlines from 1986 to 1993 as the director of inflight service operations.

Mottet began his undergraduate education at Northwest and completed two years before completing his bachelor’s degree in communication at William Jewell College in Liberty. Mottet also has a master’s degree in mass communication from Boston University in Boston, Mass., and his education doctorate in communication and learning/higher education from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V.

Mottet succeeds Dr. Doug Dunham who recently became vice president for academic affairs at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. The provost serves as the University’s chief academic officer.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468