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Lenoir-Rhyne announces hiring of new provost
Lenoir-Rhyne announces hiring of new provost

Lenoir-Rhyne University has named Gary Johnson, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. In addition to his duties as provost, Johnson will be appointed to the rank of professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at LR. He will assume his new role in June.

Johnson joins LR after serving six years as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Hastings College in Nebraska. His responsibilities in this role included overseeing the College's academic unit, consisting of five divisions, 17 undergraduate programs, a Master of Arts in Teaching program, and 1,150 total students.

"I look forward to supporting the Lenoir-Rhyne faculty and staff in the excellent work they've been doing to educate and develop students," Johnson said. "Lenoir-Rhyne has the vision to be recognized nationally as a liberal arts university of choice. I'm eager to join the team that, under the leadership of President Whitt, will make that vision a reality."

A native of Virginia, Johnson completed his bachelor degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia and his doctorate degree in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His accomplishments at Hastings include initiating and completing a comprehensive campus-wide strategic planning process, leading the campus through a successful reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, and initiating and overseeing the development of numerous new academic and co-curricular programs, among others. Johnson also spent a year teaching abroad in France. He speaks fluent French and reads German.

"Dr. Johnson is the right person at the right time to assume the role as the chief academic officer," said Dr. Fred Whitt, University president. "He will be a strong advocate and mentor for the faculty, as well as provide significant contributions to our President's Cabinet and Leadership Team."

Johnson's appointment as provost was the result of a national search. The University welcomed Leslie Lambert, Ph. D., as its interim provost in January 2018 after the resignation of Larry Hall, Ph.D., who served as provost since 2008.