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May 20, 2008

Wayne Shew named acting provost at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Wayne Shew, associate provost and Ada Rittenhouse Snavely Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern, has been selected to serve as acting provost of the college for the 2008-09 academic year.

Shew is replacing Dr. Kathleen Murray, BSC provost since June 2005 who accepted a similar position at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

BSC Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Kathleen Rossmann will replace Shew as associate provost on an acting basis.

“We are very fortunate to have a respected member of our faculty with a wealth of administrative experience already in the position as associate provost who can step in as acting provost at this time,” said BSC President Dr. David Pollick.  “It is only natural that I ask Dr. Shew to assume the role of acting provost as we begin our national provost search.  I feel confident that with the leadership of Wayne Shew and Kathleen Rossmann the college will continue on the grand course we have collectively as an institution charted.”

Pollick added that Murray's leadership as provost the last three years has “helped us rise to another level in anticipation of an even stronger future, and we wish her much success in her new endeavors.”

Shew joined the Birmingham-Southern faculty in 1978 and has served as chair of the division of science and mathematics and is a past recipient of the Exemplary Teacher Award from the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry of the United Methodist Church.  He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rossmann joined the BSC faculty in 1999.  She received her bachelor's degree from Furman University and her master's and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

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