Syracuse University Magazine

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Vice Chancellor Appointed

The University has named Michele G. Wheatly as vice chancellor and provost, a role she will assume on May 16. Wheatly—described as a dynamic leader, an internationally recognized scholar, and a champion of a liberal education—served as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2010-14 at West Virginia University, where she is a professor of biology. “Michele Wheatly has demonstrated the kind of leadership that embraces change, empowers research excellence, and enhances the student experience,” Chancellor Kent Syverud says. “She is the ideal person to lead the implementation of our academic strategic plan as we enhance our position as a great, thriving, international research university. I welcome her to this great university. I look forward to what we will accomplish together.”

With a global education and a research portfolio that includes continuous National Science Foundation funding totaling $25 million over 30 years, Wheatly is a London native who holds a Ph.D. degree in comparative physiology from Birmingham University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary. Prior to her time at WVU, she served as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics (2002-09) and chair of the biological sciences department (1994-2002) at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. From 1984-94, she was a professor of zoology at the University of Florida. An advocate of interdisciplinary studies, she has taught courses as diverse as marine animal physiology, human computer interaction, career planning for biologists, and women in science. “My journey as an educator, a scholar, and a researcher has been driven by quality and access, values that are well-aligned with Syracuse University,” Wheatly says. “I am thrilled to work with the campus community to enhance our overall student experience, while growing an innovation ecosystem and positioning the University as a fount of liberal arts scholarship. I am eager to build on the University’s leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Providing the best education possible to an increasingly diverse student body is critical to the long-term success of the University and our country.”

Wheatly replaces interim vice chancellor and provost Elizabeth D. Liddy G’77, G’88, who will reassume her position as dean of the School of Information Studies.     —SU News Staff

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