UM Hires Interim Provost

April 28, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has appointed Beverly C. Edmond to serve as provost and vice president for academic affairs for the 2016-17 academic year.Beverly Edmond

Edmond retired from Albany State University in Georgia in 2015 after an extensive career in higher education. In her new role, she will succeed Provost Perry Brown, who will retire this June after 21 years at UM.

The provost serves as the University’s No. 2 administrator. As chief academic officer, the position oversees UM academic operations and efforts to promote student success. The provost answers directly to UM President Royce Engstrom and serves on the president’s cabinet.

“Dr. Edmond will bring experience, deep expertise, and a warm personality to UM,” Engstrom said. “I feel fortunate to have her as part of UM. We will learn a great deal from her.”

The University selected candidates for interim provost using the Registry, a service that provides senior-level administrators who are prescreened and immediately able to serve on a temporary basis. Four candidates interviewed on campus April 22.

“The University of Montana is one of this nation’s premier research institutions, and I am honored to have been selected to serve in this position,” Edmond said. “President Engstrom and his executive team have provided a level of transformative and progressive leadership that has successfully moved the University forward, and I am thrilled to become a part of this team.”

Edmond launched her career in higher education at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, where she served in several positions from 1994 to 2006. While at CAU, she chaired the Public Administration Department, as well as serving in the positions of associate provost and vice provost.

She joined Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama, from 2006 to 2010, serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs, as well as interim president for one year. At Albany State in Albany, Georgia, she was provost and vice president for academic affairs during 2013-14 and served as special adviser to the president from 2014 to 2015.

Prior to her career in higher education, Edmond held several administrative positions in the public sector.

Edmond holds a doctorate in political science with a concentration in public administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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Contact: Peggy Kuhr, UM vice president for integrated communications, 406-243-2311, peggy.kuhr@umontana.edu.