UM-Flint’s Jack Kay Provost at EMU starting August 2009

Below the “read more” is the email from the President’s office announcing the new provost, Jack Kay. I didn’t go to any of the presentations for this search, so I guess I don’t have anything to say one way or the other about Dr. Kay; judging from his web site (which I link to above), Kay is an accomplished scholar (lots of books, articles, dissertations directed, etc.), which is a good thing. One of the rumors I had heard was there were some provost candidates who weren’t even aware we had graduate programs at EMU; my hope/assumption is Kay wasn’t one of those candidates.

On the down-side, Kay’s bio site claims he was working on his blog, though I could find no evidence of that. Jack, if you’re interested in starting a blog and/or commenting here, drop me an email and I’ll hook you up.

Anyway, if you have thoughts to pass along based on interviews or other experiences, feel free to pass them along in the comments. Read below the official announcement from Susan Martin.

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, the position of Provost and Executive Vice President is an important role at the University. Eastern attracted an excellent pool of candidates and outstanding finalists.

I am pleased to announce that Jack Kay has been selected as the new provost and executive vice president, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Dr. Kay currently is provost and vice chancellor, interim vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement and a professor of communications at the University of Michigan-Flint. His expertise and scholarship are in the areas of rhetoric, political communication and hate crimes. He is an able and experienced administrator having also served as interim chancellor at UM-Flint from January 2007 to August 2008.

Dr. Kay will bring an intellectual focus with a strong administrative track record of igniting enrollment, internationalization, and interdisciplinary work. He has a strong commitment to diversity and experience in guidance for new program development and program evaluation. I know he will work tirelessly to enhance our academic reputation and strong commitment to community engagement.

Dr. Kay’s accomplishments at the University of Michigan-Flint include substantial undergraduate and graduate enrollment growth, general education reform, establishment of Genesee Early College High School, implementation of academic program review, campus internationalization, and successful completion of a capital campaign.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan-Flint, Dr. Kay was a professor of communication at Wayne State University from 1990-2005 and an associate professor of speech communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1985-1990.

Dr. Kay, 58, received his Ph.D. in communication from Wayne State University in 1979. He received his master’s and undergraduate degrees from Wayne State as well. He is married to Ruth Kay and has one daughter.

Dr. Kay will assume his duties effective August 1, 2009. Associate Provost Robert Neely has been appointed to serve as Interim Provost through July 31, 2009.

I would like to thank the Provost Search Committee that was chaired by Dean Thomas Venner, (Arts & Sciences), and included Jaclynn C. Tracy, Vice Chair (Leadership & Counseling); Akosua S. Dow (Provost’s Office); Lynette Findley (Retention & Student Success); Russell D. Jones (History and Philosophy); Russell R. Larson (Faculty Council); Jack Minzey (Emeritus Faculty); Alexandria Oakes (Physics & Astronomy) Susan E. Moeller (AAUP); and Bette L. Warren (Provost’s Office).

I know you will join me in welcoming Jack Kay and his family to Eastern.

Sue Martin

One response to “UM-Flint’s Jack Kay Provost at EMU starting August 2009

  1. One of the things that most impressed me about Jack Kay when I heard him speak last month was his ability to make the provost office “work” in the sense of communicating and being responsive to all the work – a huge amount of paper and information – that goes through any university’s provost office. I think we shall soon see a real improvement in the performance of the Provost’s office. For too long, the provost’s office at EMU has been ‘the place good ideas go to die.’

    I commend Dr. Martin for this choice, and congratulate Dr. Kay on being selected as Provost. And many thanks too to everyone who helped with this search.

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