Purdue names interim vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs

August 7, 2014  

Frank Dooley, associate vice provost of undergraduate academic affairs, has been named interim vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, effective Friday (Aug. 1).

Dooley will serve in the role until a search committee identifies a permanent successor. Dooley succeeds Dale Whittaker, who became provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Central Florida on July 31.

"Frank has worked closely with many of you, and I know his experience and his knowledge of our excellent academic programs will help ensure a smooth transition at this critical time," says Deba Dutta, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

In this position, Dooley will report directly to the provost and will provide leadership for undergraduate education, admissions, enrollment management, academic planning, program evaluation, and general academic policy development and implementation. He also will maintain responsibility for specific academic programs, review academic budgets and serve as a liaison between colleges for curricular changes affecting multiple colleges.

Dooley, who received his bachelor's degree from St. John's University, his juris doctorate from University of North Dakota, and his doctoral degree from Washington State University, came to Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics in 1998. He has served as professor of agricultural economics, associate head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Provost Fellow.

Dooley has an international reputation as being a gifted and innovative teacher and creative researcher, and he has led the University's efforts to evaluate the adoption of trimesters at Purdue.

Dooley has won 19 awards for outstanding teaching and advising and was inducted into Purdue's Book of Great Teachers in 2014. His research program in agribusiness focuses upon transportation and supply chain management. His work has studied issues in the food manufacturing and retailing, ethanol, transportation, and country grain elevator industries. His publication record includes chapters in six books, and more than 200 articles or other publications.

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