J. David Arnold named interim provost

J. David Arnold, who has an extensive background not only in his discipline of psychology but also in academic leadership, was recently named interim provost for the 2017-2018 academic year. His appointment officially began Aug. 30.

Arnold joins the Salve Regina community after serving for 11 years as president of Eureka College, followed by an additional year as that institution’s chancellor and president emeritus.

Under Arnold’s leadership, Eureka achieved record enrollment, $35 million in private donor support and more than 30 new endowed scholarships. He oversaw more than $30 million in campus improvements, including the construction of a new residence hall, a new classroom/laboratory building and a renovated gym transformed into an arena and convocation center. Other achievements include the creation of visiting scholar, artist and executive programs.

Arnold formerly was vice president for academic and student affairs at Missouri Western State University. He also served as provost at St. John Fisher College and as a dean and grants officer at Clarion University. He started his academic career as a professor teaching psychology and writing at St. Lawrence University.

As an academic leader and author, Arnold has focused on learning communities, strategic planning and promoting the “teacher-scholar” model of faculty professional development at liberal arts institutions.

A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the first in his family to graduate from college, Arnold completed his undergraduate degree with honors at Bloomsburg University, graduate degrees at the University of New Hampshire and post-doctoral study at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

Arnold will host a coffee and doughnuts open house for all Salve Regina employees from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in the Academic Affairs suite in McAuley Hall.

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