Administrative Transition Announced
Terry Seethoff (Arts and Sciences) has accepted a two-year appointment as associate provost, effective June 1. He will succeed Cindy Prosen (Academic Affairs), who is retiring at the end of the academic year. Seethoff will lead the effort to develop a long-term staffing recommendation for the provost's office, particularly in the areas of graduate education, research and continuing education. He will also help to address administrative needs such as accreditation, assessment, scholarship and contract maintenance.
"I believe this to be a good decision for the university, and I am looking forward to a new assignment," said Seethoff. "I've served in my current position for 11 years, and while not a record, this exceeds the normal tenure for a dean. Change is central to our profession, and I welcome the opportunities that change brings."
Susan Koch (Academic Affairs) said she met with department heads in the College of Arts and Sciences to discuss the transition. She also invited them to apply for an interim appointment to succeed Seethoff as dean of the college until the university moves forward with a national search.
"Of course, like all other needs across the university, our planning and decision-making takes place within the budgetary constraints that we currently face," wrote Kochin a recent e-mail to employees. "I am particularly concerned, as we determine staffing, that we continue to enhance support for faculty and staff in the division. ... Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and extraordinary analytical skill to everything he does and I am very grateful for his willingness to take on a new assignment."