Cordle named new provost


Dr. David P. CordleDr. David P. Cordle, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of North Carolina Wilmington, will assume his duties as Emporia State University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs by July 1.

As provost, Cordle said, he will take on the traditional role of providing internal leadership for the university while also having an external focus, a part of the Emporia State position he found attractive.

“I enjoy fundraising; I enjoy external advocacy for academic programs and advocacy for students,” Cordle said. “To me, that’s a part of what a provost does.”

During his early April visit to the Emporia State campus, Cordle met with the search committee, administrators and members of the campus and Emporia communities, including faculty, staff and students. The new provost described that visit as a way for both him and the campus community to determine whether they were good fits for each other.

“Very early in my visit, I recognized Emporia State as the kind of university I want to be a part of.  I’m thrilled to be joining an institution with a distinguished history and a bright future ahead under President Michael Shonrock’s leadership,” Cordle said. “Pam and I were so impressed with the wonderful people we met at the university and in the city. We look forward to becoming a part of the Emporia community.”

Cordle’s academic background is in music. He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Shorter College and both master’s and doctorate degrees in piano performance from Florida State University.