May 16, 2005
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UNIVERSITY APPOINTS DR. WILLIAM WILLIAMS AS PROVOST AND VICE
PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University President Dr. Robert M.
Smith has appointed Dr. William F. Williams as provost and vice
president of academic affairs after a national search that brought
six candidates to campus for extensive
committee conducted an excellent search that gave the campus
community an opportunity to evaluate six very strong
candidates,” Smith said. “After rigorous interviews
with committee members and many others on campus, Dr.Williams stood
out as the person in the best position to lead us through the
challenges we will face immediately as well as in the coming years
to assure our continued growth in academic quality. He is highly
committed to student-faculty scholarship and learning, and to
public higher education.
“Dr. Williams is a tenacious advocate
for quality, and a forceful supporter for the interests of our
students and our faculty,” Smith said.
“I am excited and delighted to have the
position,” Williams said. “I feel I can contribute to
the on-going success of Slippery Rock University.”
The provost serves as the university’s
chief academic officer. The position is responsible for evaluating
curriculum, chairing the university budget committee and making
recommendations for staffing and academic programs.
search committee was chaired by SRU’s Dr. Bruce Russell, dean
of the College of Business, Information and Social Science, and
included three faculty members along with others from the
A specialist in literary criticism,
Williams has been a faculty member of the university since 1982,
starting as an English instructor and rising to the rank of full
professor. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate
English courses, penned numerous book reviews and organized several
Williams has been
serving SRU as interim provost and vice president of academic
affairs since December 2002. He also served eight years as
head of the SRU chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State
College and University Faculties.
received undergraduate and master’s degrees in English from
Youngstown State University and a doctorate in English from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania. He also took doctorate courses in
English at Kent State University.
Rock University, 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, offers
bachelor’s and master’s degrees along with doctor of
physical therapy degree. Its four colleges offer academic majors in
business, information and social science; education; health,
environment and science; and humanities, fine and performing arts.
It is one of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System
of Higher Education.