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Western Kentucky University names former California State University dean Terry Ballman as next provost


Terry Ballman, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, San Bernardino, will be the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Ballman will begin Aug. 1, succeeding David Lee, who is retiring.

Terry Ballman

“I was drawn to the mission of WKU as a student-centered applied research university that prepares students of all backgrounds to succeed in a global society,” Dr. Ballman said. “After visiting WKU’s beautiful campus, and meeting with dedicated faculty, staff and students, I was even more intrigued with the opportunity to serve.”

Dr. Ballman has been with CSUSB since 2013. She has also served at California State University, Channel Islands (2003-2013), Western Carolina University (1998-2002), University of Northern Colorado (1993-1998), California State University, Long Beach (1988-1992) and Binghamton University in New York (1985-1987).

She earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Latin American Literature from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and German from CSULB.

“Dr. Ballman brings with her a wide range of experience as an administrator and professor that will serve well in her role as WKU’s new provost,” WKU President Timothy C. Caboni said. “We look forward to her leadership as we develop our shared vision to elevate WKU for the next decade.”

From Western Kentucky University


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