Kalamazoo College Seeks Provost

Kalamazoo College seeks nominations and applications for the College’s provost position. The provost is a key leadership appointment at the College, providing vision and direction for the academic programs of the College.

Reporting directly to President Jorge G. Gonzalez, the provost will be able to lead a talented, diverse, inclusive and engaged academic community, and partner with other leaders of the College to build upon and support an innovative vision for the College’s future during a time of great momentum with exciting initiatives on the horizon.

The current provost, Mickey McDonald, announced in December that he had accepted the position of president at the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) of which Kalamazoo College is a member. Provost McDonald departs on June 30, 2018; Roger F. and Harriet G. Varney Professor of Chemistry and Associate Provost Laura Lowe Furge will serve as interim provost for the 2018-19 academic year.

The search for the new provost is led by a committee of faculty and staff with the assistance of the firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

The Provost Search Committee members are:

  • Alyce Brady (chair), Computer Science
  • Greg Diment, Information Services
  • Dennis Frost, History and East Asian Studies
  • Binney Girdler, Biology and Environmental Studies
  • Shanna Salinas, English
  • Mary Beth Sarhatt, Trustee
  • Sarah Westfall, Student Development
  • Jordan Wiley, Student

Provost Michael A. “Mickey” McDonald, Ph.D.

Michael A. (Mickey) McDonaldMichael A. (Mickey) McDonald serves as the Provost. In this position he serves as the College’s chief academic officer with oversight of all educational affairs and activities, including academic personnel and programs. He also has oversight of academic administrative areas including athletics, career and professional development, information services (information technology, library, and media services), institutional assessment and faculty grants, international programs, registrar, civic engagement, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, health professions advising, graduate fellowships advising, and co-oversight of academic advising/first-year experience.

Prior to joining Kalamazoo College in July 2008, McDonald was Professor of Mathematics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. He also served in a variety of administrative posts at Occidental College, including interim Dean of Students, Deputy to the President, and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Affairs.

McDonald earned a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Duke University and a B.S. degree in mathematics from Davidson College in North Carolina.

Visit the Provost’s Office Website for detailed information about Academic Affairs, including policies, committees, meeting schedules and more.