University Announces Interim Provost Selection

By COLLEEN HUBER

President Rick Hurley announced Monday that the University selected Ian Newbould as interim provost at the University of Mary Washington beginning April 16.

Newbould has more than 30 years of experience working in higher education, and will be responsible for all academic planning, programs, budgets and faculty matters, according to a university press release.

Newbould will serve throughout the 2012-2013 school year while a presidentially-appointed committee continues to search for a candidate for the permanent position, according to Hurley.

UMW used the Registry of College and University Presidents, an interim placement service, to contract Newbould, according to the press release.

Newbould’s selection will fulfill one of the two phases that Hurley has planned for the transition between provosts.

“We have a two-phase approach with phase one being the appointment of an interim provost from now until June, 2013 and phase two the appointment of a permanent provost by July 1, 2013,” stated Hurley.

According to a university press release, Newbould previously held presidencies at three other institutions, including three years at the University of Richmond, The American International University in London, U.K., a private American overseas university, seven years at North Carolina Wesleyan College, and served as president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada.

“What I do bring is a fresh set of eyes, eyes that have experienced universities in several different countries. It is gratifying that the administration has the confidence in me to bring a fresh perspective to Mary Washington,” said Newbould.

Newbould was also a teacher and scholar before becoming a university administrator, and worked in several different countries including Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands, and Japan, according to Newbould’s Curriculum Vitae.

“I have always been in student-centered universities, and regard it as a great privilege to work and live with young people. It is a privilege that few other people ever experience; students are always welcome at my door,” Newbould stated.

Junior SGA president Jeremy Thompson said he anticipates working well with Nebould in the upcoming academic year.

“We look forward to working with [Nebould] to continue to improve the quality of student life and academics on campus,” stated Thompson.

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