Provost Lance Grahn resigned yesterday and was replaced today by Steve Runge, the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, who will be interim provost, according to university officials.
Grahn emailed a statement to faculty and staff today saying that he met with Tom Courtway, university president, Monday to “discuss the future” of UCA.
“After some discussion, we mutually decided that it was in the university’s best interest that I step aside as Provost and VPAA (vice president of academic affairs),” Grahn said in the statement. “It’s been my pleasure to serve UCA as Provost during a difficult time in the university’s history, and I certainly wish the university all the best as it continues to move ahead under President Courtway’s and Trustees’ leadership.”
Courtway released a similar statement today.
“Yesterday, Dr. Lance Grahn and I met to discuss the University’s future,” Courtway said in the prepared statement. “Based upon that meeting, we agreed that he would step down as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.”
Grahn has tenure and will remain at the university as a faculty member in the history department, according to Jeff Pitchford, vice president of university and government relations. The university will do a national search for a new provost, Pitchford said.
Pitchford said that Grahn’s resignation was not related to the resignation last semester of President Allen Meadors.
Grahn became provost in the summer of 2008 during the final weeks of the tenure of then-President Lu Hardin.
Grahn and Runge didn’t respond to email requests for an interview.