Vaughan, currently dean of the Goddard School of Business & Economics at WSU, emerged from a pool of more than 80 candidates for the position. He'll assume his new duties Nov. 1.
"Mike's record of excellent academic leadership best qualifies him to lead Academic Affairs at Weber State University," said President Ann Millner. "His extensive administrative experience, knowledge of the university, and demonstrated track record will help him work with our faculty and lead our academic programs during these challenging times for the Utah System of Higher Education."
The provost serves as vice president of Academic Affairs, overseeing WSU's seven academic colleges, Continuing Education and Stewart Library. Academic Affairs, the largest division on campus, also houses enrollment services (including admissions, academic advisement, and financial aid), the office of sponsored projects, the Teaching & Learning Forum, Honors Programs and WSU Davis.
Vaughan joined the faculty at WSU in 1981 and served as chair of the Department of Economics from 1986-1989. He has been Dean of the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics since 1991.
While at WSU, Vaughan's leadership was instrumental in helping the university establish its MBA program, which incorporated both WSU-Davis and WSU-Online. He has led several successful professional accreditation efforts, strongly supported faculty and staff professional development, and provided service to the university on many committees. As dean, he has established international partnerships with universities in Germany, Malaysia, China and Japan, creating opportunities for WSU students to study on international campuses while bringing international students to WSU.
In addition to his administrative duties, Vaughan has continued to pursue his research and scholarship. He has published a dozen peer-reviewed articles in economic journals, including a paper in the "American Economic Review." In 1989, he was selected to attend Princeton University as a Pew Trust Visiting Fellow in the Department of Economics.
Vaughan holds a bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Arkansas. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Nebraska.
The provost position became available when David Eisler left WSU after seven years to become the president of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. Kathleen Lukken and Jeffery Livingston have served as interim provosts during the search process.
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