Henderson State University has named Dr. Stephen R. Adkison as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Henderson President Glen Jones announced today. Adkison, who is currently serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Oregon University, will join Henderson on July 1, 2014.
“I am thrilled to add Dr. Stephen Adkison to our senior leadership team,” Jones said. “His character, passion, experience, and commitment to faculty and student success will serve Henderson well. I am confident we will achieve even higher levels of success as we meet the needs of our students, community, and state through our academic program offerings.”
The provost is the second-highest ranking officer at Henderson and is the chief academic officer. The provost is responsible for the overall supervision of all academic programs, academic promotion and tenure decisions, academic strategic planning and development of university policies and strategic goals.
“Henderson State University is an exceptional institution with a distinguished history as Arkansas’s public liberal arts university,” Adkison said. “I am both honored to be Henderson’s next provost and deeply thrilled at the opportunity to further serve that history with President Jones and HSU’s students, faculty, and staff. Henderson’s history of serving educational and community needs provides a sound basis for us to continue our role and mission even as our student and community needs evolve, and I am excited to be a part of HSU’s leadership team.”
Adkison said he and his family are “looking forward to joining Henderson’s long tradition as The School with a Heart and becoming part of the Reddie community and are delighted to be moving to Arkadelphia.”
Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson, led the nationwide search. “We are pleased that Dr. Adkison has accepted the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs,” she said. “He has a lot of experience that will meld nicely with our goals and vision for the future. In addition to his professional background, he’s just a nice guy and someone who will fit well in our family-friendly campus.”
Adkison earned his Doctor of English/Rhetoric and Composition in 2000, and his Master of English/Writing in 1997, both from the University of Nevada-Reno. He received his bachelor’s degree in English/Teaching (1986) from Montana State University. Before he became provost at Eastern Oregon, Adkison served in several positions at Idaho State University, including: associate provost/associate vice president for academic programming and review, interim director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and faculty coordinator for assessment and program review for academic affairs/office of institutional research.
He also served in several positions at University of Nevada-Reno, and taught courses at Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Huron Shores Writing Institute.
During his career in education, Adkison has served on a variety of boards and organizations both on the university level and state, regional and national levels. He has been instrumental in obtaining numerous grants. Adkison’s list of publications, conference presentations, workshops and invited lectures is extensive.