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Fedock appointed MSU interim provost

May 19, 2009

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Montana State University President Geoff Gamble has appointed Joseph Fedock to a two-year term as interim provost of the university. He replaces MSU Provost David Dooley, who recently accepted the presidency of the University of Rhode Island.

Fedock, who has worked in the MSU Provost's Office for 14 years, currently serves as senior vice provost. His new duties begin July 1.

The two-year appointment will allow the university to first fill the position of president, Fedock said. The university is in the beginning stages of the search for a replacement for Gamble, who recently announced his retirement. Once a new president has been found, the university will initiate the search for provost.

In addition to Fedock's appointment, Gamble appointed Jim Rimpau, MSU's vice president for planning and chief information officer, to assume Dooley's duties as the chair of MSU's University Planning, Budget and Analysis Committee. UPBAC is a university-wide shared-governance committee that oversees MSU's budgeting process.

"As senior vice provost Joe understands the issues of Academic Affairs and will provide stable and capable leadership during this transition period," Gamble said.

A civil engineer by training, Fedock specializes in earthquake engineering. But he said that he has no plans to shake up what he calls MSU's "leadership of excellence." He said his goal is to bring a stable leadership style to the period of transition that the university is undergoing.

"I hope to continue the advancements and initiatives of a broad range of academic areas at MSU, at the same time recognizing that we must be fiscally responsible in challenging economic times," Fedock said.

Fedock has been MSU's senior vice provost since 2002. He has had broad oversight for MSU's academic affairs, with emphasis upon curriculum and student issues. He has worked closely with Gamble and Dooley to advance the academic vision of MSU. He said he counts among his administrative achievements his role in helping lead MSU to the designation as a "very high research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

A native of Arizona, Fedock has a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, a master's degree from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Prior to coming to MSU in 1990 he taught at Santa Clara University. He has also been a consultant to industry and has taught at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

At MSU he also has held the positions of vice provost for academic affairs, interim dean for the College of Graduate Studies, associate dean for the College of Engineering and the associate director for the Engineering Experiment Station. He has continued to teach civil engineering classes at MSU since his first appointment to administrative positions in 1995.

Fedock said that his former position of senior vice provost will not be filled during the interim appointment period.

For more information about the retirement announcement of MSU President Geoff Gamble, go to:

For more information about the selection of David Dooley as president of the University of Rhode Island, go to:

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