Texas A&M University President Dr. Elsa Murano announced today that Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter from Purdue University has accepted the University's offer to become the new Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics.
Murano will present Vitter's nomination before the Board of Regents on July 31-August 1. If Vitter is confirmed, he will start on August 15.
Vitter comes from Purdue University where he was the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science. He was a scholar, researcher and teacher and has led major multidisciplinary programs and fundraising efforts throughout his academic career.
"Dr. Vitter brings vast strategic planning and leadership experience as well as other impressive credentials to our top academic position, and I think it is particularly significant that he comes from a renowned land-grant and research-oriented institution that has many of the same historical roots and core values that have served Texas A&M so well for more than a century," Murano said.
Vitter replaces Dr. Jerry Strawser, who served as interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics since last year. Strawser will resume his position as Dean of the Mays Business School as soon as Vitter takes over.
Murano also said A&M is in the process of filling key administrative positions such as Vice President for Research, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of the College of Architecture, Dean of the College of Geosciences, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Vice Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Several search committees have been formed to find candidates for the open positions.
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