Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Hai-Lung Dai has named Michael Sitler deputy provost for operations effective May 1, 2013. Sitler has served as interim dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work since July, 2010 and previously served as professor and chair of Kinesiology.
"We are grateful for Mike's outstanding stewardship of the College of Health Professions and Social Work," Dai said in announcing Sitler's new role. "Under Sitler's leadership the college increased its research profile, recruited new faculty, attracted more students and created new degree and certificate programs."
Reporting to the provost, the deputy provost functions as the senior provost staff officer with overall responsibility of coordinating all provost portfolio activities and implementing special projects designated by the provost. Primary responsibilities include coordinating planning and execution of projects that are inter-collegial and inter-divisional in scope and nature.
"Mike's administrative and leadership abilities are a perfect fit for this position. He brings his knowledge of the university, understanding of planning, and experience working with faculty and students to the Provost's Office," said Dai.
While the search for the permanent dean for the college nears its conclusion, Kathy Coyle, professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and currently the associate dean of the college, will serve as interim dean.
"Kathy is an outstanding administrator. She is well positioned to serve as interim dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work and to help prepare the college for its next period of transition," said Sitler.