Making Soup from Rain: My Year as Provost

A year ago I found myself serving as my university's interim provost. I succumbed to a persuasive president and the opportunity to see how the university worked at a different level. I knew the challenges: the university was coming out of a retrenchment and reorganization. There were fewer people to do the same work; there were new departments and budget processes. A bargaining contract needed to be negotiated and we were up for a 10-year reaccreditation site visit. Nevertheless, I was able to enjoy my year as provost, and I took away a dozen lessons.

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