Radford University selects Graham Glynn as next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs

Dr. Graham E. Glynn

Radford University has named Graham E. Glynn to be the University's next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

In the position, Glynn will serve as a member of President Brian O. Hemphill's cabinet and will have a significant responsibility in innovating, communicating and coordinating academic activities and leading Radford University in fulfilling its mission.

As the chief academic officer of the university, the provost is expected to collaborate with faculty, staff and the student body and be responsive to the changing landscape of higher education in order to develop and execute academic policies.

The provost's role also calls for Glynn to budget and administer academic programs and related activities, identify new approaches to the delivery of academic programs in order to complement existing programmatic offerings and strategically manage current and future fiscal priorities.

"Dr. Glynn brings to Radford University a wealth of knowledge, experience and academic credentials that will help guide our students and faculty toward our goal of becoming an innovative, premier university within the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond, with a focus on teaching, research and service," President Hemphill said. "We anticipate his arrival on campus with great excitement and look forward to the leadership and guidance he will bring to our campus."

Currently, Glynn serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Hays State University, a 15,000-student state regional university in Hays, KS. There, he is responsible for the leadership of five colleges, the university library and numerous other offices, including Internationalization and Global Partnerships, Academic Programs and Student Success, and Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Improvement.

Glynn's previous positions also include vice provost and executive dean of College-Wide Programs and professor of Health Sciences at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. 2011-2015; assistant provost and executive director of Teaching, Learning and Technology and associate professor in Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y., 2006-2011; director of the Royer Center for Learning and Academic Technologies, Penn State University, State College, Pa., 2003-2006; visiting professor at The Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K., 1999; associate professor and director of the office of Information Technology  and Learning, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha, Neb., 1997-2003; and assistant professor of pharmacology, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, Big Rapids, Mich., 1992-1997.

Glynn earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Northeast Ohio Medical University/Kent State University, Rootstown, Ohio and a B.S. in pharmacology and biochemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland.

"I am honored and very excited to have been selected as the next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Radford University," said Glynn. "I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and, standing on the shoulders of those who came before me, working with a great team to move this wonderful institution forward during an exciting time at Radford University," Glynn added.

"On behalf of the Faculty Senate, I congratulate Dr. Glynn for being named Radford University's next provost, and welcome him to our community," said Carter Turner, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, president of the Faculty Senate and faculty representative to the Board of Visitors. "The faculty look forward to working with him as we continue to find ways to better serve our students and the Commonwealth. Dr. Glynn's vast experience and wealth of knowledge will serve the University well as we move further into the 21st Century."

"As a faculty member, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to see and hear the provost candidates. Dr. Glynn stood out for me as someone who has the ability to best lead the Academic Affairs division successfully," said Mike Chatham, associate professor of accounting. "He struck me as someone who would use a combination of hard data, soft data and intuition to make decisions in an effective and transparent manner. I greatly look forward to working with him."

"Dr. Glynn has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a visionary who loves the traditions in higher education, yet has experience pairing the strong foundation of a teaching university with new, transformative programs," said Kenna Colley, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. "As a first generation student himself, he understands the need for teaching excellence, is a strong faculty advocate and is driven by the success of students. I was enthused when he talked about collaboration and interdisciplinary possibilities, supporting our campus's diversity and shared governance. I believe he is a true champion for both faculty and students."

"Dr. Glynn is an energetic scholar who has a passion for academics, teaching, student success and research. We are confident his extensive experiences in a number of higher education settings will serve Radford University and our students well," said Orion Rogers, dean of the College of Science and Technology.

The Committee was chaired by J. Orion Rogers, dean of the College of Science and Technology. Committee members were: Richard Alvarez, chief financial officer and vice president for Finance and Administration; Nancy Artis '73, vice president of the Radford University Foundation Board of Directors; Sandra Bond '97, '00, president of the Administrative and Professional Faculty Senate; Douglas Brinckman, professor of business law; Donna Boyd, eminent professor of anthropology; Joshua Carroll, assistant professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism; Steve Childers, professor of management; Kenna Colley, dean of the College of Education and Human Development; Steven Helm, dean of McConnell Library; Laura Jacobsen, associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research; Jacinda Jones '17, president of the Student Government Association; Angela Joyner, executive director of Career Services; Amanda Kellogg, assistant professor of English; Karen Montgomery, vice president of the Staff Senate; Anthony Ramsey '01, M.S.N. '03, director of the School of Nursing; Ashley Schumaker, chief of staff in the Office of the President; Carter Turner, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, president of the Faculty Senate and faculty representative to the Board of Visitors; Joseph Wirgau, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and associate professor of chemistry; and Allen Wojtera, chair of the Department of Music.

"I want to thank the Committee for their dedicated service to Radford University and the Radford family," said Hemphill. "Their thoughtful consideration and evaluation of a competitive and diverse pool of highly qualified candidates will contribute to the exciting future Radford has begun to chart together as a campus community," Hemphill added.

Glynn will assume his new role at Radford University on July 1st.

Feb 21, 2017
Joe Carpenter
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