Update from the Provost's Office

July 2, 2020


Faculty colleagues,

After serving as our interim provost since October of 2019, Teresa Sullivan has concluded her nine-month tenure and shifted her attention toward preparing to teach next fall semester at the University of Virginia. While here at MSU, Dr. Sullivan’s professionalism and wide range of leadership experiences proved to be great assets to the university, and were especially valued during a spring semester of unprecedented challenges. I know you all join me in thanking Terry for all she brought to the job at a time when so much was unexpectedly demanded of our senior leaders.

On August 1, Teresa K. Woodruff will begin as our next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. We look forward to her arrival and anticipate welcoming her here on campus in just a few weeks. Until that time, I will be serving as acting provost, through the month of July.

While in this role for only a short period of time—and during what has traditionally been a relatively quiet month for higher education—I want to let you know that the Office of the Provost continues to engage in a tremendous amount of work preparing for fall semester. I have been working alongside diverse groups of Spartans from an equally broad range of areas across campus—administrators, faculty, staff, and students contributing their skills and input, and performing myriad essential services to keep MSU running—and will continue to do so to ensure continuity during this brief time of transition. It will not be a quiet July. An expansive spectrum of individuals from across the MSU community are putting in long hours to ensure that every college, department, and academic support unit is prepared for the start of classes in the fall. Their dedication is much appreciated and will help all of us successfully do our jobs as campus reopens.

As always, please continue to check the Reopening Campus website for the most recent updates and information. Our Keep Teaching site is updated often and includes information about Summer Professional Development opportunities. The document that Interim Provost Sullivan shared with faculty on June 12, about Academic Preparation for Fall 2020, remains a valuable resource for fall planning; please reference it as you continue to think about drafting your syllabi and approaching your classes during what will be, without doubt, an unprecedented fall semester.

Thank you for all you do in support of our students, our research mission, and our commitments to outreach and engagement. Best wishes for some rest this holiday weekend and a fruitful remainder of the summer. 

Thomas D. Jeitschko
Acting Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs