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Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost, David Cordle

David Cordle

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2013, David Cordle has led the development of new degree programs as well as support for expanded student opportunities in high-impact learning experiences at Emporia State.

The Applied Learning Enhancement Fund, established in Fall 2015, supports student participation in faculty-mentored research, creative projects, internships and service learning. Seven new degree programs have been developed, staffed and implemented, and four existing degree programs have been extended to new markets through online or off-campus delivery with another four relaunched as accelerated online programs.

Dr. Cordle also oversaw the planning and establishment during 2014-15 of the ESU Honors College with civic leadership and community engagement as its foundational themes and the Kansas Leadership Center as a key partner.

In 2015, ACES, the Academic Center for Excellence and Success opened with services that include tutoring in core subjects, individualized academic support, a Writing Center, and an English Language Learner Lab. The first- to second-year retention rate for the 2016 first-time full-time cohort was 73.2, ESU’s best result in more than 10 years.

And by 2016, 2+2 articulation agreements for elementary education and business administration were established with all 19 Kansas community colleges.

Dr. Cordle arrived at Emporia State after academic leadership positions at several colleges and universities, mostly in the southeastern United States. He served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of North Carolina Wilmington and at Longwood University and chair of the Department of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University and at William Woods College.

Dr. Cordle also is a professor of music at Emporia State University. An accomplished pianist, he earned three degrees in piano performance — a bachelor’s from Shorter College and master of music and doctor of music from Florida State University.

Dr. Cordle has performed widely as a pianist, most often in duo-piano concerts with his wife, Pamela Johnson Cordle.

As the Chief Academic Officer of Emporia State, the provost oversees:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Teachers College
  • School of Business
  • School of Library and Information Management
  • Graduate School, Research, and Distance Education
  • University Libraries and Archives
  • Information Technology
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Honors College
  • Student Advising Center
  • Student Accessibility and Support Services