Rocky Mount, NC: North Carolina Wesleyan College has announced the appointment of Dr. Evan Duff as Interim Provost. Duff currently serves as the vice president for the Office of Adult and Professional Studies and will add the responsibilities of former Provost Dr. Jay Stubblefield, who has left the college to accept a position at South University in Savannah, Georgia.
Duff and Stubblefield worked together for several weeks to ensure a smooth transition for the academic program, the accreditation process and other important matters. Duff will maintain his present position and absorb new responsibilities with support from Associate Provost Dr. Molly Weise, the NCWC Dean’s Council, and retired dean, Dr. Marshall Brooks, who has agreed to provide consultation. Other faculty and staff members will be called on to provide additional support as needed.
“I selected Dr. Duff for three main reasons,” said Gray. “First, he has repeatedly reached across various segments of our community and engendered collaboration with and respect from all. Second, he has not only demonstrated a commitment to educational innovation, but his leadership in our adult programs has contributed to the financial resources of Wesleyan. And third, I find in Dr. Duff, a compelling combination of both teaching and administrative accomplishments.”
Prior to his arrival at Wesleyan, Duff served as the Dean of Extended Education at Mount Olive College and the Director of Mount Olive College-Washington. Duff’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Mount Olive College, a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in conflict resolution from Nova Southeastern University. His research focused on crisis management planning within a small private college.
NC Wesleyan College has launched a national search to find a permanent provost and will be working through Coleman Lew & Associates, a highly-qualified search firm based in Charlotte, NC. “It is important to make this search inclusive” said Gray. “Faculty will be involved and serve as the backbone of our committee to work with the search firm and advise me on the candidates. I do not intend to make this decision hastily or unilaterally. I expect the search will take most of the upcoming academic year because, we will settle for only the best. In the interim, I am confident that our organization will remain strong and the college will continue to provide high quality instruction for our students.”