Bucknell names Michael Smyer University provost
The new provost, Michael Smyer, right, met with faculty and staff
at a Bucknell reception on Friday, April 25.
Posted April 23, 2008
Updated April 28, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Dr. Michael A. Smyer, an accomplished teacher, scholar and administrator who has served as co-director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College since 2005, has been named provost at Bucknell University, Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell announced Wednesday, April 23.
Smyer will be Bucknell's second highest-ranking academic official when he begins his duties at Bucknell July 1. His responsibilities will include overseeing academic and student affairs and related programs.
"Dr. Smyer's academic accomplishments, natural leadership abilities, strong interpersonal skills, and depth of knowledge bring to Bucknell a provost of outstanding capability," President Mitchell said. "His demonstrated commitment to liberal arts education, scholarship, and research will serve Bucknell well. I am grateful to the search committee, and the leadership of its chair, Professor Maria Antonaccio, for the outstanding job they did leading this national search and bringing to us an individual of Dr. Smyer's skill and commitment, and to all those across the campus community who participated in the search process."
30 years of experience
Smyer, 57, has more than 30 years of experience in higher education both as a faculty member and an administrator.
"I am thrilled to be asked to serve as the next provost for
Prior to his most recent position at
Undergraduate research program
Smyer earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from
He also taught for 17 years at
Dr. Smyer is married to a psychologist, Dr. Pat Piper. They have two grown children, a son and a daughter, Brendan and Kyle Piper-Smyer.
In October 2007, President Mitchell appointed a committee of faculty, students, and staff to lead this national search. The members of the search committee were Chair Maria Antonaccio, Religion; Nina Banks, Economics; Sally Koutsoliotas, Physics and Astronomy;
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