National Search for Provost Leads to 'Home-grown' Candidate

UM administrator becomes first woman to hold position
Following a national search, The University of Mississippi has named Dr. Carolyn Ellis Staton to the position of provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

In the line of leadership after Chancellor Robert Khayat, Staton becomes the first woman named to the provost position and one of the top-ranking women in the state's higher education community. She previously was associate provost and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and a professor and acting dean in the School of Law on the Oxford campus.

The holder of the provost and vice chancellor post serves as the chief academic officer, providing leadership for the Oxford campus and overseeing the planning and policy development for the Oxford, Tupelo, and Desoto Center campuses.

Dr. John Williamson, chair of the Faculty Senate and associate professor of medicinal chemistry, said, "The faculty members of the University are very excited about the appointment of Dr. Staton as provost. We will work diligently with her and her staff to make The University of Mississippi one of the nation's great public universities."

When news of the announcement came, Staton was "excited" about the possibilities the new position will afford. "I've been very blessed to have had the opportunity for a most rewarding and satisfying academic career in teaching, research, and administration. This will allow me the exciting opportunity to broaden the scope of what I have been doing and to continue the work of this office to enhance our outreach.";

"Thanks to Chancellor Khayat and others, we have so much momentum right now. I am looking forward to working with our faculty, staff, and students as we continue to create some exciting academic opportunities and initiatives," Staton said.

Staton is married to Dr. William Staton, professor of mathematics at Ole Miss, and they are the parents of three sons: Will, 13, Tom, 11, and Michael, 9.

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