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Baumhover named interim provost at Appalachian

Dr. Lorin Baumhover.jpgBOONE – Dr. Lorin Baumhover has been named interim provost at Appalachian State University effective July 1. He will replace Dr. Stan Aeschleman who announced last August his plans to step down from the administrative position he has held since 2004 and return to the classroom.

Baumhover served as chief of staff to the chancellor from February 2005 to his retirement in December 2009.

Previously, he served as interim dean of Appalachian’s Cratis D. Williams Graduate School from 2004-05. He was chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Work from 1996-2004.

He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Colorado State University.

“Dr. Baumhover has been an invaluable member of this university, and I am grateful he is willing to set aside his retirement and return to Appalachian,” said Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock. “Dr. Baumhover knows our campus, its faculty, staff and students, and he knows the financial challenges ahead for us in light of the state’s economic challenges.”

As interim provost and the university’s highest-ranking official after the chancellor, Baumhover will have a central role in all institutional decisions and in realizing the university’s academic vision. All academic colleges, departments and programs report to the provost. The position is responsible for all academic policies, including those affecting faculty appointment, development, and promotion and tenure. Also within the provost’s responsibilities is strategic planning and budgeting, academic and research initiatives, and general academic supervision of the campus.

A provost search committee will be formed in the fall and a new search to fill the position will begin.

Aeschleman, a professor of psychology, will begin teaching in the Department of Psychology in Spring 2011.