By Joseph Pratt
Shawnee State University (SSU) recently announced that SSU veteran Dr. Becky Thiel has been named acting associate provost, under the recommendation of Interim Provost Alan Walker. She will hold the position until a search for a permanent associate provost can be determined. The hunt for a new associate provost will begin during the current fall semester.
Thiel is currently the chair of the Department of Nursing and has been with Shawnee State University for 31 years.
As Acting Associate Provost, Thiel will provide leadership and support to the Graduate Center, Instructional Technologies/Blackboard, the Center for International Programs and Activities, the Women’s Center, Teaching and Learning Center, Distance Learning and the Honors Program. She will serve as the Provost Office representative on the IRB and as an ex-officio member of the Continuous Improvement and Mission Governance Committee as well as the SSU representative on two Board of Regents groups: the Regents Advisory Committee on Graduate Studies (RAGCGS), and the Research Officer’s Council (ROC).
Thiel will also provide leadership in the Office of the Provost in the areas of accreditation, research, assessment, articulation agreements, and joint programs with other campuses.
“We thank Becky for her willingness to accept this position and I also want to thank Drs. Chris Kacir and Krista Maxson for their work this past year assuming some of the associate provost duties, in addition to their leadership roles in Social Sciences and Mathematics,” SSU Communications Director Liz Blevins expressed in a recent Friday Letter, published through the university.
Thiel said that she hasn’t had the pleasure of working with Walker much yet, since he was only recently hired. She said that she believes that his recommendation was sparked my word of mouth and her time on campus.
“I was really flattered to think that of all the capable people here, my name came up on a short list,” Thiel said. “I think that because he is new and I’ve been here for 32 years, I was chosen for that reason, since I know the ins and outs of the university.”
Thiel is proud of the university and said she has kept her role active in the progression of the campus, because she enjoys seeing students passionately pursue their dreams in their chosen career paths. She also said that those around campus have become her family over the years and she has enjoyed getting to know all of them and getting to work by their sides.
Thiel said a major focus of her work will be in a program involving local high schools.
“A big push right now is the College Credit Plus programming,” Thiel said. “It is a new program in the high schools, where children can take college courses in their own high school by that school’s staffed employees. It is a great way to get kids enrolled in university courses and it helps with long-term goals of the students. Some of these students will be able to graduate college after only three years, which is almost essential in this day of age. The program is a win-win situation for everyone, students, parents schools and the university.”
Thiel said that it is too soon in her role of acting associate provost to determine if this is something she is interested in making permanent when the search begins this semester.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.