Missouri Western names Vice Provost Kennedy interim president

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MWSU Vice Provost Elizabeth Kennedy/MWSU photo

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Missouri Western State University Vice
Provost Elizabeth Kennedy has been named interim university president.

The Missouri Western Board of Governors
name Kennedy interim president, effective at the beginning of August.

A nationwide search led to Kennedy being named vice provost.
Kennedy has focused on several aspects of Missouri Western’s strategic plan,
Pathways to Excellence, including strengthening student success, creating new
partnerships and expanding applied learning.

“Elizabeth
has shown great leadership and initiative in the brief time that she has served
as our vice provost,” Board of Governor’s chair Lee Tieman said in a written
statement released by MWSU. “Her commitment to our community and to the success
of our students will be cornerstones of her tenure. We are excited to have Dr.
Kennedy as our interim president and very much appreciate her willingness to
step up and continue to guide the university forward.”

Kennedy came
to the St. Joseph campus after serving as dean of the College of Applied
Science and Technology and interim dean of the College of Health Professions at
the University of Akron. She had been at the University of Akron since 1997,
beginning as an assistant professor of social science.

Missouri
Western Athletic Director Josh Looney will take on additional duties during the
interim with Missouri Western’s external relations and advancement efforts.

President
Matt Wilson announced July 8th he is leaving Missouri Western to
become dean of Temple University Japan. Wilson will remain at the school to assist
in the transition.

The Board
of Governors will announce details on the search for a permanent president at a
later date.