The University of Michigan-Flint provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, has been named provost and executive vice president for Eastern Michigan University (EMU) pending approval by the EMU Board of Regents.
Provost Jack Kay has held the position on the Flint campus for the past five years. During his tenure, Academic Affairs grew appreciably, adding new degree programs including the Doctoral of Nursing Practice Degree, Master of Arts in English, and Bachelor of Arts in journalism. Other degrees that were developed under his tenure include Bachelor of Science in theatre design and dance, (combination) Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in chemistry and biochemistry (2008), Bachelor of Science in biochemistry (2007) and Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication. He implemented new initiatives such as the Genesee Early College and the annual Scholarship Competition.
Kay led the campus during a period of transition as interim chancellor, overseeing the planning, construction and opening of the first residence hall on campus and significantly increasing enrollment to a historical high. He also serves as the interim vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement.
Kay is expected to begin his new duties at EMU on August 1, 2009.
In her letter announcing Kay's departure, Chancellor Ruth J. Person wrote, "I am grateful to Provost Kay for his outstanding service, his wise counsel and his unwavering commitment to the University of Michigan-Flint. "
According to Person, a search committee will be formed and the membership announced to campus.