The search for a Keene State College provost has come to a close; President of KSC Melinda Treadwell announced in an email to the campus community on April 4 that Dr. Nancy “Nan” Fey-Yensan will serve as the KSC provost and vice president for academic affairs (VPAA). She will begin on July 1, 2018. 

Treadwell stated in the email that Fey-Yensan brings background in academic innovation and leadership. 

“[Fey-Yensan] is recognized as an individual of deep passion and integrity by those she has served in her leadership roles. She ‘listens deeply and very capably establishes priorities and moves communities forward,’” Treadwell stated. “She shares my commitment to the Liberal Arts and together, with our entire Keene State community, I look forward to the work and collaboration ahead!”

Fey-Yensan previously served as the dean of the College of Health and Human Services at University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the past seven years, and additionally, she was the associate dean of the College of Human Science and Services at the University of Rhode Island (URI). 

While at URI, she also served as the interim dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences for one year, and prior to that, she was a Cooperative Extension faculty at the University of Connecticut. 

In terms of KSC’s current Provost Dr. William Seigh, Treadwell said she is grateful for his “dedication and tireless work to make real progress without our academic programs during his acting appointment.”

Although Treadwell said opening the provost and VPAA search was a critical decision for this year at KSC, she believes this is the right decision for our college.

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