Fairmont State names interim provost

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Fairmont State University on Tuesday announced Richard Stephens Jr. will serve as the institution’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Stephens has served various leadership roles over two decades in higher education, including most recently as provost at Catawba College in North Carolina between 2009 and 2013.

“He understands and embraces the mission of a comprehensive institution like Fairmont State, has created processes to strengthen communication among campus communities, and has led the creation of new academic programs at the highest level,” Fairmont State University President Mirta Martin said in a statement.

A nationwide search for a permanent provost will begin at a later date.

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