>President Daniel J. Martin announced on Monday that Jeff Van Duzer, current dean of the School of Business and Economics, as Seattle Pacific's new provost in an email to students.
"The Provost's job is to bring into one place all of the things that would affect a student experience," Van Duzer
said in his
McKenna office on Tuesday.
"It would include all of academics, it would include student life, university ministries, student academic services, athletics."
A search committee picked Van Duzer, who currently works as a professor and dean of the business school, after a final meeting on Nov. 19.
As provost, Van Duzer will oversee all areas of student life starting Feb. 1.
"It is a structure that [Martin] was comfortable with because he had used it at his prior institution, and it had worked well there," said Van Duzer
, who has been at SPU
for 12 years.
"I am very excited about the opportunities that SPU
has going forward," Van Duzer
Senior Seth Pierson and junior Jeffery Jorgenson said they're happy with the decision to promote Van Duzer to provost because of their experience with him in the business school.
interactions with faculty and students will change as he
transitions from dean to provost.
"The scope will get bigger, so that means that I will be personally further away from the front lines in some cases," Van Duzer
"It will scale up, and the range of issues that I'll need to think about will likewise scale up."
"I am anticipating opportunities to make deeper friends across campus," Van Duzer
Dr. Richard Sleight, manager of information systems for the business school, said Van Duzer is a great pick for the provost job because of his good record in the business school.