CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 26, 2013 — Dr. Bill Eddleman, vice provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named provost at Southeast.
The announcement was made following a closed executive session teleconference meeting of the University’s Board of Regents today. Eddleman will begin his new duties Jan. 1, 2014.
The Provost is Southeast’s chief academic officer and is responsible for eight colleges and schools: Donald L. Harrison College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, Technology and Agriculture, School of Graduate Studies; School of University Studies and the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. “Knowing the University inside and out and knowing I can effectively lead it for the foreseeable future is exciting,” Eddleman said. “Knowing as many people as I know on campus, I think I can accomplish a lot very collegially.” Eddleman says he is the third generation on his mother’s side of the family to be employed at Southeast Missouri State. His grandfather was employed in the University’s power plant and his aunt served as a maid in the Towers Complex. “I really love this place,” he said. “To come back here where my grandfather and aunt worked and to do something for the good of the students, region and the University is really the best thing.” Eddleman was among four candidates identified during a national search process. Semi-finalist airport interviews with the search committee were conducted Oct. 15-16 in St. Louis. Four finalists were then selected to participate in on-campus forums and interviews Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 11-12.
In addition to Eddleman, other finalists were Jeffrey Morin, dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education & Human Services at University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Dr. Gersham Nelson, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Mo.
“Bill has extensive leadership experience in higher education and is a proven administrator,” said President Kenneth W. Dobbins. “His knowledge and understanding of Southeast will be invaluable as he transitions into the provost position.”
Eddleman says his first order of business will be to conduct a search for his replacement as vice provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. After that, he also hopes to meet with the deans and get their feedback on priority projects for the remainder of this academic year as well as next year.
“I would like to be a provost who is very visible on campus,” he said, adding he would like to hold an informal gathering one morning a week in the University Center for any students, faculty or staff who wishes to stop by with a question.
Eddleman has served as vice provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Southeast since June 2011. He previously served as chair of the Department of Biology. He joined Southeast as an assistant professor of biology in 1995 and was promoted to professor of biology in July 2001. He served as Faculty Senate chair in 2001-2002.
Eddleman has been active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He currently serves as an adult staff member of the National Youth Leadership Training Camp and as a merit badge counselor. He is a former scoutmaster. In 2009, he was named a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award given to a volunteer Boy Scout leader.
Eddleman holds a doctoral degree in wildlife ecology from Oklahoma State University and did post-doctoral work at the University of Wyoming. He has a master of science and a bachelor of science, both in fisheries and wildlife, from the University of Missouri-Columbia.