Kunkel Stepping Down as Southeast Provost


Dr. Karl Kunkel, provost at Southeast Missouri State University, today announced he is stepping down from his position to return to the faculty.

Kunkel will continue serving as provost through May 14. He will assume a faculty position at Southeast Aug. 1.

“I would like to sincerely thank Dr. Kunkel for his significant and valuable contributions to the university with several initiatives across a variety of areas,” Vargas said. “Upon his return to the faculty on August 1, I know students will benefit significantly from his extensive teaching, research and administrative experience.”

Southeast Missouri State University President Carlos Vargas has appointed Dr. Tamela Randolph, interim dean of the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture, to serve as interim provost. During her tenure at Southeast, she also has served as interim dean of the College of Education and interim associate dean and acting dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Randolph also has previously served as chair of the Department of Mathematics and professor of mathematics at Southeast.

Randolph holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction—mathematics education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a Master of Natural Science in mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University and Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary mathematics education, from Truman State University.