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Parsons: Interim Associate Provost

July 20, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Nancy Parsons, a health sciences professor at Western Illinois University, has been appointed Western's interim associate provost for undergraduate and graduate studies, effective July 26, according to WIU Interim Provost Ken Hawkinson.

Parsons has been a health sciences faculty member since 1988 and has served as the department's internship coordinator since 1990. Parsons served as the interim department chair from January 2004 to July 2005. She has extensive experience in graduate and undergraduate curriculum, including serving on the graduate committee for the health sciences department. Parsons has also served on the Faculty Senate and for several years as a member and chair of Council On Curricular Programs and Instruction (CCPI).

"Dr. Parsons' academic credentials and University experience will serve the Division of Academic Affairs well in this time of transition," Hawkinson said. "Her experience will continue to move Western forward as we work to achieve academic goals set forth in our strategic plan."

Parsons received her doctorate and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and her bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. She also holds a master's of public health from the University of Illinois Springfield and has completed a graduate certificate in social marketing from the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

The associate provost for undergraduate and graduate studies provides leadership for the division of Academic Affairs pertaining to the management of undergraduate and graduate studies, and serves as the director of the School of Graduate Studies and the University liaison to the Higher Learning Commission. The associate provost for undergraduate and graduate studies is responsible for the implementation, planning and supervision of the First Year Experience; assessing student learning; and handling undergraduate student issues and complaints.

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