Murray State Names Three Finalists for Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

Apr 5, 2017

Dr. Keith Hargrove, Dr. Mark Arant, Dr. Dennis Rome will each visit the campus this month.
Credit Murray State University

Murray State University has named three finalists for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ahead of campus visits later this month. 

Finalists are Tennessee State University Dean of the College of Engineering Keith Hargrove, Northeastern State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Arant and Columbus State University Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences Dennis Rome. Each finalist will visit the campus to interview and meet with faculty staff and students on April 11, April 13 and April 18 respectively.

According to a release, a national search firm assisted a 16-person search committee led by Dean Steve Cobb to seek a diverse pool of candidates.

More about the candidates per MSU:

Dr. Keith Hargrove has served as the Dean of the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University since 2009.  He was previously the Department Chair and Associate Professor in the College’s Department of Industrials Manufacturing and Information Engineering, and has held positions at Harford Community College and Tuskegee University.  He earned his Ph.D. in industrial and manufacturing engineering at the University of Iowa, his master’s degree in engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Tennessee State University.  Dr. Hargrove will be on the Murray State University campus on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Dr. Mark Arant has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern State University since 2014.  Dr. Arant has held positions at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Louisiana Tech University.  Dr. Arant will be on the Murray State University campus on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Dr. Dennis Rome has served as Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at Columbus State University since 2014.  Dr. Rome has held positions at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Indiana University Bloomington, DePaul University, Wright State University and Wilmington College.  He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University, his master’s degree in sociology from Howard University and his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bradley University.  Dr. Rome will be on the Murray State University campus on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The search committee is holding a public form for each candidate on the days of their visits from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Freed Curd Auditorium in the Collins Center for Industry and Technology.