New provost has familiar face

May 17, 2011 | News, UToday
By Tobin J. Klinger



The University of Toledo’s provost for the next year will hit the ground running, having served in the role on an interim basis for the last year.

During the May 16 meeting of the Board of Trustees, President Lloyd Jacobs announced that Dr. William McMillen, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will delay his planned retirement to serve in the role permanently.

“He is the very best choice,” Jacobs told the board, noting that the decision follows a national search in which candidates from a diverse array of experiences, backgrounds and disciplines were given consideration.

“Bill is willing to put off his retirement, after extensive negotiations with his wife,” quipped Jacobs. “He has a proven track record of success, and we can look forward to him capitalizing on that success in the weeks and months to come, for the ultimate benefit of the University.”

“This is a critical time in the history of The University of Toledo,” McMillen said, “and I’m eager to play a role in shaping UT’s tomorrow, to borrow a phrase from on ongoing Higher Learning Commission accreditation.

“I would like to thank President Jacobs and the board for this vote of confidence,” McMillen added. “I look forward to continuing our good work as we take on some major institutional initiatives.”

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