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Buffalo State searching for an interim associate provost

Ashley Steele

(Buffalo, N.Y.) – SUNY Buffalo State is conducting an internal search for an interim associate provost who will help to lead the department of Academic Affairs.

The move is part of an effort to reorganize Academic Affairs to streamline the administration and improve efficiency, as the school faces a $4.7 million budget deficit due to losses in enrollment.

According to Buffalo State, the changes will begin in the fall and will allow the school to put resources directly into student success.

“Here at Buff State we currently don’t have an associate provost, so we’re doing a large restructure of the whole area of Academic Affairs with the goal being to put more support directly into student academic support,” said Provost Melanie Perreault.

The new position will have many responsibilities, including overseeing the Academic Achievement Center and the Academic Success, Honors and Undergraduate Research programs.

“The associate provost is the person on the ground who can really dig in and get at the meat of any individual program. It’s a lot of work but it can be rewarding, so I hope (to find) somebody who is willing to work really hard on the behalf of our students,” said Perreault.

The position will also assist with the Roar in 4 initiative.

“The Roar in 4 really requires us to put more services, academic services, (into) supporting students and doing better with the advising piece of it,” said Perreault.

“I think an associate provost would be a great benefit to our campus, because I believe that person is now going to step in and get more of the students’ feedback and understanding of what do we need as students on this campus,” said Derek Jordan, former United Students Government president.

Those who apply must be a tenured faculty member at Buffalo State and preferred qualifications, include leadership experience and a consistent record of scholarly or creative achievement.

The anticipated start date for the associate provost is July 1.


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