Reed announces retirement from WVU, will leave provost’s job later this year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU Provost Maryanne Reed has announced her retirement.

Maryanne Reed

Reed, who was appointed WVU’s chief academic officer in 2019, will step down at the end of September.

“I have loved my time at WVU and appreciate the many opportunities afforded me,” Reed said in a Thursday morning news release. “It’s time for me to begin a new chapter in my life in which I’m able to spend more time with family and friends. I will forever carry WVU in my heart and wish nothing but the best for this institution and our people.”

Reed first came to WVU in 1993. She was named dean of the WVU Reed College of Media. She was then interim dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in 2015-2016.

WVU President Gordon Gee said Reed’s career at WVU has been characterized by energy and purpose.

“When Maryanne told me of her plans to retire, I knew it would be great loss for the University, but I am supportive of her decision,” Gee said. “Her commitment to students, caring for colleagues and innovative spirit have been evident from her earliest days as a faculty member to her years as provost and vice president for academic affairs where she has cultivated a talented team committed to serving the WVU System as we plan for the future.”

Gordon Gee

Reed helped lead an effort at WVU during the past year to cut academics to deal with a budget deficit. The WVU Board of Governors voted last September to eliminate 28 majors, scale back others and result in cutting 143 faculty positions.

Reed was also provost as WVU dealt with the impacts of the covid pandemic.

Current Vice Provost Paul Kreider will become interim provost on Oct. 1 and Senior Associate Provost Mark Gavin will become vice provost.

The search for a permanent provost will begin after the WVU Board of Governors chooses a new WVU president next year.

Reed will work on special projects from Oct. 1 to the end of the calendar year when her retirement takes effect.

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