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Dr. David P. Cordle named new provost

April 17, 2013

Dr. David P. Cordle addresses a group Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Emporia State University.Dr. David P. Cordle, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of North Carolina Wilmington, will assume his duties as provost and vice president for academic affairs by July 1, according to Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president of Emporia State University, who offered the position to Cordle on Tuesday.

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 that was 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.”

Cordle visited the Emporia State University campus April 3 through 5. During his visit, he 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 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.

Professionally, Cordle served as chair and assistant professor of the Department of Music at William Woods College, chair and associate professor of the Department of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of music at Longwood University before moving to University of North Carolina Wilmington as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of music.

“David’s extensive experience as an academic leader and his commitment to shared governance will be key to his success at Emporia State,” said Shonrock. “We are excited that he is joining our team while we are celebrating out 150th anniversary and looking forward to our next milestone.”

Cordle takes Emporia State University’s provost and vice president reins from Dr. Gwen Alexander, who began serving as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs in August 2012.

“It’s been my pleasure to serve as the interim provost,” Alexander said. “I am looking forward to resuming my position as the dean of the School of Library and Information Management.”

“We are raising the bar at Emporia State University,” said President Shonrock, “and Gwen served as our interim provost and vice-president of academic affairs at a crucial time.”



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