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July 12, 2013
Dr. Doug Dunham, provost at Northwest Missouri State University, has been appointed to the Council of Chief Academic Officers (CCAO), a newly established collaborative effort by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) to improve communication and working relationships with state institutions, Missouri Commission of Higher Education Dr. David Russell has announced.
The CCAO is comprised of 13 members, appointed by the commissioner of higher education in consultation with the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) Presidential Advisory Committee.
The CCAO provides a venue in which the MDHE and all sectors of higher education are represented to discuss issues of common interest and concern and move the state’s agenda for higher education forward. The group is charged with advising the commissioner of higher education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education on matters related to postsecondary education in Missouri, recommending revisions to CBHE policies and providing a direct line of communication to all institutions of higher education.
Council members include provosts, vice presidents and deans at two-year and four-year institutions in Missouri. Dunham was appointed to a three-year term, ending in 2016.
“The idea for the council was presented to the chief academic officers of the state by the assistant commissioner for academic affairs at MDHE, Dr. Rusty Monhollon,” Dunham said. “It is indicative of the department’s efforts to improve communication between MDHE and the institutions, as well as between the various institutions. This increased communication and collaboration can only improve higher education policy in Missouri, and I very much appreciate the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
Named provost at Northwest in 2010, Dunham came to the University in 1995 as an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. He advanced to the position of associate professor in 2002 and the rank of full professor in 2008. After serving as the department’s chair from 2005 to 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 and served as interim provost for eight months prior to his formal appointment. As provost, he is Northwest’s chief academic officer.
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