Michael Mumper will return to alma mater as provost
ATHENS, Ohio (April 23, 2007) -- Associate Provost for Graduate Studies Michael Mumper will leave Ohio University to serve as provost at Adams State College, his alma mater, Provost Kathy Krendl announced today. Krendl said she plans to announce an interim to temporarily succeed Mumper, who will wrap up 20 years with Ohio University on June 30.
"We'll benefit from Mike's legacy for many years to come," Krendl said. "His work on the strategic plan and his contributions to the Graduate Education and Research Board have helped us to keep graduate and research initiatives among the top priorities for the institution. He also provided key leadership at the state level, where he represented us and our programs with the Board of Regents Advisory Committee on Graduate Study."
Mumper emphasized the many meaningful relationships he has built during his time at Ohio University, and said the opportunity to serve as provost at his alma mater, located in Alamosa, Colo., was "just too good to pass up."
"While I am looking forward to the new position, I will really miss all my friends and colleagues here in Athens," he said.
Mumper began his career at Ohio University in 1987 as a faculty member in the Political Science Department, where he served as department chair from 1999 to 2003. After success in that position - undergraduate majors increased by 30 percent and graduate student enrollment nearly doubled under his reign - he was named associate provost for Graduate Studies in 2003.
As associate provost, Mumper coordinated graduate education activities, including student recruitment, program development, applications, multicultural and international student recruitment, stipend contracts and tuition scholarships. In this role, he had oversight of 3,000 graduate students at six campuses in more than 65 degree programs. He recalled his work in this position as a meaningful point in his career.
"In the last four years, we have made great progress in improving the administration of graduate education on campus," said Mumper, a former Fulbright Fellow and University Professor.
His accomplishments include the reorganization of graduate education administration, the development of three new degree programs and the increase of international student recruitment by 13 percent over two years.
Mumper, who graduated from Adams State in 1976, has a master's in political science from Arizona State University and a doctoral degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland-College Park.
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Written by: Elizabeth Boyle
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