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Regents Name Acting ESU President

October 5, 2021

The Kansas Board of Regents just announced that Provost George Arasimowicz will serve as our acting president, beginning October 16. The board will take action on naming an interim president at a future Regents meeting.

“George has been able to accomplish a lot in the short time he has been at Emporia State University and will do a great job as Acting President until an interim can be named,” said President Garrett. “ESU has tremendous momentum and is positioned to attract excellent candidates to serve as the next president.”

Here is the full text of the Regents’ news release, which is also available here:

Kansas Board of Regents Chair Cheryl Harrison-Lee announced today that Emporia State University (ESU) Provost Dr. George Arasimowicz will serve as the acting president of ESU when current president Allison Garrett departs the university next week. The Board plans to consider the appointment of an interim president at a future meeting.

“The Regents are thankful that Dr. Arasimowicz is willing to serve as acting president,” said Harrison-Lee. “He has a depth of experience that will serve him well in this role. The Board anticipates discussing next steps in the search for the next president of Emporia State at upcoming Board meetings.”

Dr. Arasimowicz was named Provost of Emporia State in April 2021. He had previously served as dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Central State University.

President Garrett announced last month that she would depart Emporia State to become chancellor and chief executive officer for the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

The search process for university CEOs is handled by the Kansas Board of Regents. As the board announces progress, we will share that information with the campus community.