Rosati Named Southeast Provost


Photo of Dr. Ronald Rosati

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 17, 2009 – Dr. Ronald Rosati, former vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, has been named provost at Southeast Missouri State University.

The announcement was made following a closed executive session meeting today of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents. Through a nationwide search, 56 candidates were reviewed.  Rosati was one of three finalists who visited the campus for interviews earlier this month.

Rosati will begin his new duties Feb. 1 at a salary of $155,000 plus a $20,000 annuity. He will succeed Southeast Provost Jane Stephens who is retiring this month after serving as provost since July 2000.

“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Rosati will be joining the Southeast community,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “He brings to us a significant breadth of knowledge and extensive leadership experience in higher education. We will sorely miss Provost Stephens and wish her well in her retirement, and we believe Dr. Rosati will be a tremendous asset to build on the success of our academic programs during Provost Stephens’ tenure.  We look forward to welcoming him into the Southeast community.”

The provost is Southeast’s chief academic officer and is responsible for 10 colleges and schools at the University: the Donald L. Harrison College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Mathematics, School of Extended Learning, School of Graduate Studies, School of Polytechnic Studies, School of University Studies and the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

“I am very excited about joining the team at Southeast Missouri State University,” Rosati said. “I see some great opportunities to work with a very outstanding program.”

Rosati said several factors drew him to Southeast, including “a strong, stable administration, highly competent faculty, engaged students and a tremendous infrastructure,” particularly the River Campus, and the University’s developing agriculture research center. He said the Cape Girardeau community also is attractive to his family.

“It’s a wonderful place to raise a family,” he said. “We want our children to grow up in a community where they will be exposed to the same values and manners that we encountered when we visited Cape Girardeau.   We appreciate the opportunity and are really excited about joining the Southeast community.”

Rosati says he will be working with Dobbins over the next couple of months to develop goals, but initially he will focus on “developing relationships with faculty, staff and the community, supporting and enhancing the strong academic programs at Southeast, supporting faculty and students who are interested in expanding research and creative activities, and continuing the implementation of the plan to make Southeast the university of first choice.”

Rosati served as vice president for Academic Affairs at Alfred State for the past three years and provost for the past two. Alfred State is a College of Technology within the State University of New York. Rosati was officer-in-charge at the institution when the college was between presidents from June 2007 to March 2008. He also served as interim vice president for Institutional Advancement at the college from September 2006 to May 2008.

He previously served for 10 years at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he was dean of the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, assistant vice chancellor of the Texas A&M University System Agriculture Program, chair of the University Reaccreditation Leadership Committee, interim and assistant dean of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, professor of agricultural engineering technology, interim director of the Office of Sponsored Research and associate professor of agricultural engineering technology.

Prior to his tenure at Texas A&M, Rosati served 10 years at Illinois State University. There, he was professor of agricultural engineering technology; director of the Aquaculture Project; owner and operator of Wild Rose Farms, an 83-acre corn, soybean and hog farm; chief-of-party of a Fisheries Research and Development Project, USAID-Indonesia; associate and assistant professor of agricultural engineering technology; and a farm mechanization consultant with World Bank-Indonesia.

Rosati also has served as an assistant professor of agricultural engineering technology with The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute and as an adjunct instructor in agricultural engineering with Iowa State University.

Over his career, Rosati has served in leadership roles in three capital campaigns from 2000 to 2009, acquiring more than $20 million. He also was integrally involved in two university’s governmental relations programs, successfully acquiring 13 state and federal special appropriations totaling more than $35 million. He also has acquired 42 externally awarded grants totaling $2.3 million from 1988 to 2003. Rosati has taught 31 different graduate and undergraduate courses and conducted research in agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years.

Rosati holds a doctoral degree in agricultural education from Iowa State University, a master of arts in teaching degree and a bachelor of science degree, both in agricultural education. from Cornell University, and an associate of applied science degree in agronomy from Farmingdale Agricultural and Technical College.

He and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of three children, ages 14, 11 and 9.