HC alum named Drake University's provost


Huntington, Ind.—Huntington College alum Ronald Troyer ('69) will become Drake University's next provost on July 1, Drake President David Maxwell announced last week.

The provost is Drake's chief academic officer. Troyer, the dean of Drake's College of Arts and Sciences since 1994, will succeed interim provost Stephen Hoag, who served in that role since 1998 and will return to his previous job as dean of Drake's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

"Dean Troyer brings a number of valuable attributes to the task, including his knowledge of Drake University, hislife-long commitment to teaching, learning and scholarship, and his considerable administrative experience," said Maxwell. "Ron is a leader in the national higher education community in the discussion on developing synergies between professional and liberal arts and sciences education."

Troyer earned a bachelor's degree in history and sociology from HC, then went on to receive a master's degree in sociology from Ball State University. He joined the Drake faculty in 1980 after earning his Ph.D. in sociology from Western Michigan University. He is a professor of sociology who continues to conduct research and publish scholarly works. He has been president of the Faculty Senate, chaired a task force on enhancing the quality of the freshman experience and has been coordinator of the first-year seminar program. He received Drake's Centennial Scholar Award in 1990 and the College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991.

"The provost's job is a tremendous challenge," Troyer said. "It is an honor to be chosen as the chief academic officer at a university with such an exceptional faculty and dedicated staff.

"I look forward to working with the outstanding administrative team that President Maxwell has assembled. My goal is to work with the faculty, administrators, staff and students to help Drake realize its tremendous potential as a leader in private higher education in the United States."

Drake is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with approximately 3,100 full-time undergraduate students from 46 states and 50 countries.

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