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Provost Linda Delene resigns

May 19, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University President Judith I. Bailey announced today she has accepted "with regret" a decision by Dr. Linda M. Delene to resign her post as WMU's provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective with the close of the business day on Monday, May 22.

Delene, who has been provost since 2004, will take a yearlong administrative leave before returning to the faculty of the Department of Marketing in August 2007. She first joined the faculty in 1977. Her long tenure at WMU has included roles as an award-winning educator and student advisor; researcher; officer of the American Association of University Professors, the faculty union; president of the Faculty Senate; and the leader of dozens of campuswide initiatives.

Her accomplishments as an administrator include implementation of a new Student Information System and leadership of a campuswide effort in 2001 to revise WMU's mission statement. For the past year, she has led a campuswide evaluation of the University's graduate programming.

"Because I have come to know Provost Delene well over the past two years, I know that her goals have always been to preserve and enhance the quality of this University and provide the finest academic environment for the students we serve," Bailey said in a brief message to the University community. "Those goals must continue to set the direction for this University."

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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