Dr. Larry Gould said today that he would step down as provost at Fort Hays
State University and return to the classroom. The provost is the chief academic
officer and leads the Division of Academic Affairs.
H. Hammond, FHSU president, regretfully accepted Gould's resignation.
"Larry has been important to our university's development, our innovative
spirit, our growth and our high-quality educational environment," he said.
"With his resignation as provost, he will return to the Department of
Political Science as a full professor."
president announced that Dr. Chris Crawford, who has served as assistant
provost for 10 years, would become interim provost for a year while a national
search is conducted to find a permanent replacement.
at FHSU in 1990 as an instructor of communication and debate coach. He moved to
Leadership Studies in 1998 and then to the Master's of Liberal Studies Program
as director in 2001. He became assistant provost for quality management in 2003
and also served as interim dean of the business college in 2008.
earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1989 and master's in communication
studies in 1990, both from FHSU, and a Ph.D. in organizational communication
from the University of Kansas in 1998.
provost, my sole agenda will be to keep the positive efforts with Academic
Affairs moving forward and position the campus for a new provost in fall 2014,"
success I have will be a direct outcome of Larry's gentle hand and inspired
thoughts that I have picked up over the past 10 years," he added. "This
job will be considerably easier because of the great faculty and staff of
Academic Affairs. I will rely heavily on the professional relationships I have
with the faculty, staff, chairs and deans in the division. Their considerable
expertise and patience will serve the university well during this transition
that during his 16 years as provost, he used the position as an 'opportunity
mandate.' "I saw my role as creating opportunities to help faculty and
staff do what they needed to do in terms of providing compelling learning
experiences on and off campus for FHSU students and stakeholders," he
he had always been a great believer in civic learning, and he offered a quote
from Thomas Jefferson: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a
state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
sentiment has driven me in my career as an educator," Gould said.
"This is more than a job. One of our primary responsibilities in higher
education is to create civic-minded citizens, and I look forward to continuing
my own contribution to this effort. I think FHSU is a national leader in
fulfilling this critical goal."
haven't taught in 24 years," he said. "So, I will take leave to
prepare classes and then return to the role of a faculty member sometime next
year. Steve Trout, prolific author and former chair of the Department of
English, used to tell me that there's a former faculty member in you trying to
get out. I look forward to that opportunity to 'walk the talk' and use the
emerging technologies, collaborative learning and re-imagined pedagogies that I
preach about so frequently."
earned a bachelor's degree in history from the Massachusetts College of Liberal
Arts in 1971, a master's in political science from Eastern New Mexico
University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University in
1979. He came to FHSU In August 1981 as a faculty member in Political Science.
filled several positions at FHSU. He was founder and director of the Docking
Institute of Public Affairs beginning in 1984, and he became executive assistant
to President Hammond in 1989. President Hammond promoted him to dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences in 1991, and he was named provost in 1998.
terms of looking back, perhaps the two greatest accomplishments during my
tenure as provost were to serve as a catalyst for distance education and to
help steer FHSU toward greater involvement in international education," he
is something that I call the 'wow factor' that tells the organization you can
do things -- lead and succeed," he said. "My wow moment was when the
Faculty Senate selected me to lead the search for a new president. It took a
year. Against some resistance, I insisted that we release the names of our
finalists to the media. So the six names went out and everything worked out
fine. Dr. Edward H. Hammond became president in 1987."
that as a first-generation college student himself, diversity is also important
to him and as an administrator and again in the classroom, he wants to ensure
that all types of students have access to higher education.
"I appreciate the opportunities President Hammond gave me in taking on the
responsibilities of both dean and provost."