I am pleased to announce that Sally McRorie, Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement, will serve as Interim Provost effective at the end of business on April 2 when I begin service as Interim President.
Sally, who will serve in this role through the conclusion of the presidential search process, will oversee academic resources development, enhancement of scholarship and research, evaluation of the quality of academic activity as well as review of faculty appointments. She will continue to collaborate with the deans, faculty and university administrators to promote academic excellence at all levels and our momentum to advance the institution’s academic mission.
During the past two years, Sally led the implementation of improved faculty promotion and tenure processes including specialized faculty promotions; overseen faculty reaccreditation (SACS) issues; started semester-long development classes for new and aspiring administrators; and helped craft memorable events recognizing faculty achievements and awards. Previously, she served as FSU’s inaugural Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance for nearly a decade, guiding the college’s School of Art & Design (Departments of Art, Art History, Art Education, Interior Design), School of Dance, and School of Theatre, FSU Museum of Fine Arts on the main campus, and the 66-acre John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art complex and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, both at the FSU Sarasota campus.
Her previous administrative experiences include service as Chair of Art and Design at Purdue University, Chair of the Department of Art Education at FSU, Co-Director of the Florida Institute for Art Education, and National Co-Chair of the Getty and Annenberg Foundations’ $36M project “Transforming Education through the Arts.” She is a graduate of the Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr and the University of Kansas (PhD). She served two terms as president of the National Association of Arts Administrators, is on the commission of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and served as Senior Editor of Studies in Art Education; recognitions include the Manuel Barkan Award, the Mary J. Rouse Award, FSU Teaching Award, and the Indiana and Florida Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Awards.
Thank you to all who submitted recommendations to fill this interim position. I will update you frequently during this transition process – and I welcome your feedback. We are on an excellent path as a preeminent university, and everyone on campus will play an important role in our future success.
Please join me in congratulating Sally and welcoming her to the role of Interim Provost.
Garnett S. Stokes