MacMurray College announces new provost

January 5, 2017 | 3:00 PM

MacMurray College President Mark Tierno has announced the appointment of Beverly Rodgers as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Life following a national search this past fall. Rodgers will assume the role on Feb. 20.

Rodgers comes to MacMurray from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, where she serves as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and professor of anthropology.  She previously served as vice president at Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minnesota and was a professor and chair of the Arthur Morgan Fellows at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Rodgers to MacMurray,” Tierno said, “Her knowledge and experience in higher education will greatly benefit MacMurray College and help advance the College’s values that are rooted in the liberal arts.”

The Provost serves as chief academic officer and has the responsibility for providing strategic leadership to MacMurray College, and to ensure the College’s faculty and academic programs are of the highest quality – promoting a culture of student success.

Rodgers, who holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in anthropology from Ohio State University, said that during the interview process she came to understand the strength of the MacMurray community. “The faculty, staff, administration and students exemplified a caring and motivated community dedicated to having MacMurray College present the best educational opportunities possible,” Rodgers said. “Quite simply, I want to be part of that team.”

John Cox, who has served as interim provost, will stay on until Rodgers assumes the role on Feb. 20.

“I want to thank John Cox for providing MacMurray with excellent leadership,” Tierno said. “The work he was able to accomplish at the College made the position of provost highly attractive.”

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