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Provost Resources

The Role of the Provost

The primary role of the Provost is to serve as Chief Academic Officer for the University, working closely with faculty and academic staff to ensure the overall academic quality of the university.  I serve as an advocate for both faculty and students as we strive for excellence across the disciplines in teaching, learning, advising, scholarship, and artistry.  Working closely with the President, administration, faculty, and staff, I strive to advance the mission of the University as we prepare students for professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and the personal pursuit of a live of meaning and value. I am honored and privileged to serve in this role in an interim capacity for the 2021-2022 academic year, and am excited for the opportunity to work with an incredible team of committed faculty and staff as we strive to build both greater academic excellence across the university and a more inclusive community of scholars and artists.

Mary M. Black
Interim Provost



Department News

Mary Black and RJ Podeschi
Academic | Admissions | Alumni & Friends
Mary Black named Permanent Provost; RJ Podeschi named Permanent Dean of Tabor School of Business
December 6, 2021, 11:30am
"Each of them is equipped with the skills and work ethic necessary to help make a positive difference on campus." Millikin University President Dr. Jim Reynolds announced on Nov. 18, 2021...
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Jeff Aper Millikin University
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Campus
Dr. Jeffery Aper Equity & Justice Library Collection created in honor of retired Millikin Provost
July 12, 2021, 11:45am
Collection of books and materials centered on Millikin Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program Millikin University's Provost of seven years, Dr. Jeffery Aper, retired in June of 2021, but not...
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Shilling Hall
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Campus
Student work shines during Millikin's Celebrations of Scholarship
April 30, 2021, 3:15pm
Millikin students honored for scholarly work Millikin University's Celebrations of Scholarship is the culmination of the academic year; an all-day event that puts the outstanding...
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Wendy Kooken
Academic | Campus | College of Professional Studies
Dr. Wendy Kooken named Director of Millikin School of Nursing
January 27, 2021, 12:45pm
Dr. Kooken to begin appointment as director Aug. 1, 2021 Millikin University is pleased to announce that Dr. Wendy C. Kooken, associate professor of nursing at Illinois Wesleyan, has been...
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