David English is named interim provost at UNCSA

David English will serve as interim provost of UNCSA beginning June 1, Chancellor Lindsay Bierman has announced. Provost David Nelson announced last month that he would leave UNCSA to become president of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His last day is May 31.

English is currently vice provost and dean of academic affairs, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Office of Academic Affairs, including academic planning and institutional research, educational outreach and summer programs, faculty affairs and the Teaching and Learning Center. He also oversees institutional accreditation and serves as the school’s liaison with the accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

“Based on his stellar credentials and proven track record of service, I’m confident in Dr. English’s ability to take on this leadership role as our chief academic officer, working with me and our deans to provide the best arts and academic education possible for our students,” Bierman said. 

Since coming to UNCSA in 2010, English has worked with faculty and deans on the development and implementation of faculty rank, the development of an academic for-credit summer session, and a repositioning and expansion of summer intensives and community programs. He has taught courses at the School of the Arts that explore the role of higher education in American society. He also holds an adjunct appointment on the graduate faculty at North Carolina State University, where he has taught courses on higher education finance and higher education policy. He has presented widely on current higher education policy issues, and his research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Review of Higher Education and College and University.

Before joining the School of the Arts, he worked at UNC General Administration, where he coordinated admissions and enrollment issues for the 17 campuses of the UNC system and also directed the statewide college access program, CFNC.org. He also worked at Appalachian State University, where he was an assistant director of Admissions. English received his Ph.D. in educational research and policy analysis from N.C. State, and a Master of Arts in higher education administration and two bachelor’s degrees from Appalachian.

Bierman said a national search for the new provost will begin soon.

by Lauren Whitaker

Published: Jan. 24, 2016