ATHENS, Ohio (July 27, 2004) -- Kathy A. Krendl, Ph.D., has been named interim provost of Ohio University, effective Aug. 9, for a one-year appointment. Krendl is dean of the Ohio University College of Communication.
"I am delighted that Dr. Krendl has accepted this pivotal position," Ohio University President Roderick McDavis said. "She has earned the respect of colleagues across campus and possesses a knowledge of Ohio University and what makes this such a unique learning environment. Dr. Krendl is a strong communicator and visionary, and I look forward to working with her to develop initiatives that will build upon the university's strong foundation and continually move Ohio University forward."
As provost, Krendl will work in partnership with the president on major academic and administrative matters including academic, fiscal and physical planning, and policy matters that extend across the university community.
"I am delighted to accept this position, which allows me to have a leadership role in working with members of the Ohio University community to ensure that the university continues to offer the best possible learning environment for its students," Krendl said. "I look forward to the opportunities and challenges before me."
Prior to joining Ohio University 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.
Before starting 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 the Ohio State University. Krendl was an English teacher in Wapakoneta, Ohio, public schools from 1973 to 1977 and 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, master's degree in journalism from Ohio State and a bachelor's degree in English from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.
A national search for a provost will begin early in September with a permanent provost selected by March 2005. President McDavis will appoint an interim dean for the College of Communication in the near future.
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