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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 23, 2016

Northwest announces forums for associate provost finalists

Northwest Missouri State University has announced on-campus interviews with three individuals who are finalists for the University’s role of associate provost of graduate studies and special programs. 

Open forums with each candidate are scheduled for 10-11 a.m. in The Station Center Room each day. All employees are invited to attend.

The candidates and dates of their forums are as follows:


The associate provost of graduate studies and special programs is a new role at the University, created through a move announced by Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet last month to restructure academic affairs, effective July 1. Northwest launched a national search for the associate provost of graduate studies and special programs, an opening created by the dissolution of the College of Education and Human Services in favor of a new School of Education and the pending retirement of Dr. Joyce Piveral, who has served as that college’s dean.

More information about each candidate is provided below.


About Dr. Wayne Miller

Miller has more than 30 years of teaching, researching and leading in a university setting. He currently serves as director of the Center for Rural and Community Heath at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and previously published more than 70 research articles and presented more than 130 abstracts and invited talks. He holds degrees from Southern Utah State College, Utah State University and Brigham Young University.


About Dr. Jeff Ehrlich

Ehrlich has more than 15 years of experience as a faculty member teaching primary graduate programs, administrative academic operations as a senior administrator and programs manager and special programs where two in-demand graduate programs were developed. He currently serves as the interim president at Park University and previously co-developed two master’s degree programs that added significant enrollment hours and tuition dollars. He holds degrees from Friends University and the College of Saint Mary.


About Dr. Greg Ochoa

Ochoa has 14 years of experience focusing on student and academic services. He currently serves as interim dean for graduate and continuing studies at Stephens College and previously worked to lead and support faculty involved in the learning center, advising, writing center and the academic success program. He holds degrees from Creighton University, West Virginia Graduate College/Marshall University and Duquesne University.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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