ATHENS, Ohio (April 21, 2005) -- Kathy Krendl, Ph.D., has been named provost at Ohio University, effective April 22, President Roderick J. McDavis announced today. She was named interim provost on Aug. 9, 2004.
"Following an extensive national search, it became apparent that Dr. Kathy Krendl is the best person for the provost position," McDavis said. "She has demonstrated strong leadership and the ability to make tough decisions during her time as interim provost. Kathy is very bright and has proven strategic planning experience, as illustrated by her leadership role with the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Ohio University. She has strong, effective working relationships with the deans and other groups in the university community.
"Of the finalists, Kathy is the one who has administrative experience at another institution, Indiana University, that has many of the characteristics that Ohio University is working to achieve," McDavis said. "She had the best set of skills and knowledge for our provost position and there was broad and widespread support across campus for her appointment. Kathy has diverse administrative experience and has proven herself to be a strong communicator who listens well, and is perceptive and fair in her decision-making."
Prior to joining Ohio University as dean of the College of Communication in 1996, Krendl was dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Indiana University. She previously was chair of Indiana University's Department of Telecommunications in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 1994.
As provost, Krendl works in partnership with the president on major academic and administrative matters including fiscal and physical planning and policy matters that extend across the university community.
"I am looking forward to working with President McDavis and members of the university and local communities," Krendl said. "We will continue to work together to move Ohio University forward as it firmly establishes itself as a national leader in higher education. This is a unique institution, and we will continue to make students and the educational experience at Ohio University the top priority."
Before arriving at Indiana University in 1983 as an assistant professor of telecommunications, Krendl served as an assistant professor of radio-television at Southern Illinois University and as a visiting lecturer in journalism at Ohio State University. Krendl was an English teacher in Wapakoneta, Ohio, public schools from 1973 to 1977 and served as a coordinator and foundation teacher for the Auglaize County (Ohio) Adult Basic Education Center from 1975 to 1977.
Krendl received a doctorate in communication from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State and a bachelor's degree in English from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.
Krendl is married to Richard Gilbert, the marketing manager for the Ohio University Press. The couple has two children, Claire, a freshman at Northwestern University and Tom, a sophomore at Athens High School.
Vice President for Regional Higher Education Charles Bird chaired the committee that conducted a nationwide search for provost.
"I commend Vice President Bird and the members of the search committee for conducting such a diligent and comprehensive search. We had a tremendous field of talented candidates, and I appreciate their interest in this position," McDavis said.
Krendl will sign a three-year contract worth $210,000 annually.
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