CWU Taps Eastern Oregon University Dean to be New Provost

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University announced today it has hired Marilyn Levine as its next provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs.

After an extensive national search, a strong candidate pool was narrowed down to a few. President James L. Gaudino said a search committee and campus comments helped him make a decision.

“Based on thoughtful feedback, I made the decision to offer the position to Marilyn,” he said. “She brings a wealth of academic experience to the position as a former dean, department chair and faculty member.”

Levine earned her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in history from the University of Hawaii and her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University.

“I am looking forward to joining the CWU community and especially to be entrusted with this exciting leadership opportunity,” Levine said. “Having been in the Northwest for more than 20 years, I appreciate the richness of the teacher-scholar model, the quality of life and the dedication of the faculty, staff and administration.”

Since 2005 she has served as dean of the college of arts and sciences for Eastern Oregon University. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2005, she was chair of the social sciences department at Lewis-Clark State College. She has worked on over 60 publications, including two books, numerous articles and scholarly Web sites, delivered more than 140 presentations and workshops, received more than 40 grants and fellowships and served on many councils and boards.

Levine will replace current provost, Wayne Quirk, starting Feb. 1. Quirk has served as provost since 2008 and was appointed by President Jerilyn S. McIntyre.

“I want to say how grateful I am for all the work that Wayne Quirk has done during his tenure as provost and in helping me during my transition to CWU,” Gaudino said. “He has been a valuable asset for me and Central and I look forward to continuing to work with him,” Gaudino said.

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