Gerald McDougall Named Interim Provost


Dr. Gerald McDougall

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 10, 2015 — Dr. Gerald McDougall, associate provost for Extended Learning, dean of the Harrison College of Business and executive director of the Missouri Innovation Corporation at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named interim provost and chief academic officer for the University, effective June 1, 2015.

McDougall will replace, on an interim basis, Dr.William Eddleman, who recently announced he was stepping down from the provost position to return to the faculty in June and will retire from the University effective Jan. 1, 2016.  McDougall will serve in the position while a nation-wide search is conducted to find a permanent replacement. As in the past, the interim provost will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said, “We are grateful to Dr. McDougall for his willingness to accept this interim assignment and to continue to lead the academic areas of the University as we transition into new presidential leadership.  He brings to this assignment a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience as he previously has served as interim provost.”

McDougall joined Southeast as dean of the Harrison College of Business in 1993. Since 1993, the Harrison business faculty has achieved AACSB accreditation; helped secure funding for and moved into Robert A. Dempster Hall, a technology-rich learning environment; established a nationally recognized Master of Business Administration degree program; established the Master of Science in Organizational Management degree program to provide graduate business studies for practitioners with little if any academic background in business disciplines; expanded undergraduate program offerings to include a number of new majors; established the Center for Business and Economic Research; established what is now the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and joined the international Start-Up Café virtual network; reorganized the administrative structure of the college in response to significant reductions in state appropriations; expanded international programming, including the establishment of dual-degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level; and adopted new technologies to provide a wide variety of online courses and undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

During his tenure at Southeast, McDougall twice served as interim vice president for Advancement and executive director of the Foundation, and also served as executive director of the Office of International Education and Services.  He also served as interim provost in 2013.