UNC selects new executive vice president and provost
After a nationwide search launched last October, the University of Northern Colorado has selected Kirsten Fleming, Ph.D., as the university’s new executive vice president and provost. She takes office in mid-May.
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Fleming to UNC. She brings a wealth of knowledge to this role and has significant experience in implementing strategies that support and promote the success of faculty, staff, and students. “Provost is an important leader for the university. I am confident that Dr. Fleming’s expertise and partnership will help guide the work we have begun on our Rowing, not drifting 2030 strategic plan, including progress already made on our Putting Students First framework to improve enrolment, retention and graduation rates. Its work also demonstrates the strength of its commitments to innovation, faculty professional development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, in line with our plan. I look forward to working closely with Dr. Fleming – she will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team.
Fleming brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to her new role, including more than three years at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) where she served as Associate Vice President (AVP) of Faculty Affairs, and six years at California State University. , San Bernardino (CSUSB) where she served as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Professor of Mathematics.
During her tenure as Assistant Vice President of Faculty Affairs at CSULB, Fleming led efforts to create a fairer recruitment process to diversify the faculty and oversaw work to refocus and energize development. professional faculty to improve equity and foster inclusion. As Dean of CSUSB’s College of Natural Sciences, she led efforts to promote student success, including implementing student learning outcomes program evaluation plans to update and inform curricula, and creating an innovative academic advising system to improve student retention and academic success. Efforts under his leadership have helped increase four- and six-year graduation rates across the college, including for Hispanic and African American students.
“I am thrilled to join UNC as executive vice president and provost,” Fleming said. “I feel fortunate to join a dedicated and innovative community so focused on the development of all students, regardless of background. I look forward to working with others to realize the potential so clearly expressed in Rowing, not drifting 2030.”
Fleming began her career as a faculty member at Central Michigan University in 1990, becoming a full professor at the same institution in the Department of Mathematics in 2000. She has also served as a visiting associate professor at Clemson University and Northern Kentucky University. as a professor and head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics; Associate Vice-Rector for Research and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies; and executive director of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics.
Fleming earned a BSc in Mathematics from the University of London, England, and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham, England.
Lisa Vollendorf, Ph.D., the university’s current acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, was chosen last December as the next president of Empire State College at The State University of New York. Vollendorf will continue in his role as acting provost at UNC until the end of the semester before Fleming arrives.