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Mary Hopkins-Best, a University of Wisconsin-Stout faculty member and administrator since 1979, has been appointed interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen announced Friday.
She will assume her duties July 1, when the current provost, Julie Furst-Bowe, leaves to become chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Hopkins-Best is dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. She has been a dean or director in the education, health and human sciences area since 2007.
“Mary’s administrative ability, campus experience, familiarity with the UW System, program development experience and creativity and her leadership in our online education efforts and in her college’s accreditation processes make her well qualified for this position,” Sorensen said.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the university as interim provost and look forward to broadening my knowledge of the entire university community and working with all of our outstanding faculty, staff and students,” Hopkins-Best said.
Sorensen said Hopkins-Best will serve in the interim provost capacity until a permanent replacement can be found for Furst-Bowe. He said he hoped to have a new provost on board by Jan. 1 following a national search.
The provost serves as the university’s chief academic officer. The four college deans report to the provost, as well as Dean of Students. Other areas in the Academic and Student Affairs Division include the Discovery Center, Enrollment Services, Center for Applied Ethics, Graduate School, Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center, Office of International Education, University Honors Program, University Library and UW-Stout Online.
Hopkins-Best received her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from UW-Stout. She received her doctorate from Virginia Tech in special education administration and supervision.