Faculty Affairs Leadership Update

August 4, 2021

As we approach the upcoming academic year, I want to provide our faculty and staff with a leadership update.

For the past year, Sara Bushong, dean of University Libraries, has served in an interim capacity as vice provost for faculty affairs. I appreciate her leadership in implementing the collective bargaining agreement with the BGSU Faculty Association. Her work also contributed to a successful contract extension between BGSU and the BGSU-FA through June 2024. I am pleased to announce that she has agreed to fulfill the role of vice provost for faculty affairs and dean of University Libraries, where she will report directly to the provost and also serve on the President’s Cabinet. I look forward to continuing to work with her in this important position.

In addition, Dr. Bill Balzer has returned to BGSU from his leave of absence for the 2020-21 academic year, where he served as interim president of Owens Community College. He is fulfilling the role of vice president for faculty and strategic initiatives. This leadership position will report directly to the provost and will serve on the President’s Cabinet. Dr. Balzer will provide leadership of several key academic priorities for the upcoming academic year. I look forward to continuing to work with him in this important position.

I want to thank Dean Bushong and Dr. Balzer for their leadership in these critical positions. Their work helps support our faculty and move our University forward.

Regards,

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Joe B. Whitehead, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs