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 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.

Then-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. Dorothy H. Heyl Professor of Chemistry and Associate Provost Laura Lowe Furge is serving as the interim provost through 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

Interim Provost Laura Lowe Furge

Laura Lowe Furge serves Kalamazoo College as its interim provost and the Dorothy H. Heyl Professor of Chemistry.Interim Provost Laura Lowe Furge in front of Stetson Chapel

As the interim provost, Furge is the College’s chief academic officer with oversight of all educational affairs and activities, including academic personnel and programs. She also oversees academic administrative areas including Athletics, the Center for Career and Professional Development, Information Services, Institutional Assessment and Faculty Grants, the Center for International Programs, the Registrar’s Office, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Health Professions Advising, Graduate Fellowships Advising, and co-oversight of Academic Advising / First-Year Experience.

Furge joined Kalamazoo College in September 1999 and has taught courses in biochemistry, advanced biochemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry, toxicology and carcinogenesis, and a first-year seminar regarding cancer origins, stories and legacies.

Furge earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1998, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Nobel Laureate Stanley Cohen. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a minor in history from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, in 1993.

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