Provost & VPAA Finalists
Meet the Finalists
The Provost search committee invites the campus community to meet with the finalists for the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs position. These meetings are open to the public.
David J. Pittenger
Dr. David Pittenger is currently the Dean for the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia (2008-Present). Prior to this appointment at Marshall University, Dr. Pittenger held the position of Acting Associate Provost for Academic Administration (2004-2008) and Professor and Head, Department of Psychology (2000-2004) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Other positions Dr. Pittenger has held include: Congressional Fellow at the American Psychological Association (1998-1999); Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Psychology at Marietta College (1989-2000); Post Doctorate Research Associate and Temporary Assistant Professor (1988-1989), Research Assistant (1987-1988), and Graduate Teaching Assistant (1983-1987) for the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia; Instructor at Blinn Junior College (1982-1983); Adolescent Counselor at Greenleaf Hospital, Bryan, Texas (1981-1983); and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University (1979-1981).
Patricia L. Rogers
Dr. Patricia Rogers served as the Interim Dean for the College of Health Science and Human Ecology and the School of Graduate Studies at Bemidji State University (2008-2009) before being appointed permanently to this position in 2009. While on leave from Bemidji State during the 2006-2007 academic year, Dr. Rogers served as the Founding Dean for the School of Education and Graduate Studies at Valley City State University in North Dakota. Other positions Dr. Rogers has held include: Full Professor (2001-2006) and Assistant/Associate Professor (1996-1999) at Bemidji State University; Chair of the Minnesota Online Council (2004) and Interim System Director for Instructional Technology (1999-2000) for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; and Cancer Researcher for the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (1986-1996).
Lance R. Grahn
Dr. Lance Grahn is currently a Professor in the Department of History (2008-present) at the University of Central Arkansas. He also served as their Provost and Dean of Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs (2008-2012). Prior to coming to the University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Grahn held several positions while at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Dean for the College of Letters and Sciences (2004-2008); Professor in the Department of History (2004-2008); Chief Executive Officer for the Museum of Natural History (2005-2008); Interim Chair for the Department of Biology (March-May, 2007); Interim Director of Development for the College of Letters and Science (January-November 2006); Co-Executive Director for the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (2005-2007); Interim Chair for the Department of Political Science (2005-2006); and Interim Director of Women’s Studies (May-December 2005). Dr. Grahn also spent several years at Marquette University in the Department of History, serving as Chair (1999-2004); Associate Professor (1996-2004); Acting Chair (January-August 1997); Assistant Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies (1995-1999) and Assistant Professor (1989-1996). Other positions Dr. Grahn held include Visiting Lecturer (August-September 1988) at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Niteroi, Bazil); Assistant Professor for the Department of History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1987-1989); Visiting Calvin Fellow at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (1986-1987); and Instructor of History at Radford University, Virginia (1984-1986).
Michael J. Renner
Dr. Michael Renner is currently a Professor of Biology and Psychology at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (2009-present). He is also currently serving as a Scientific Advisor for the Gishwati Area Conservation Program, Rwanda. Dr. Renner has also served as Provost, overseeing all of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, for Drake University (2009-2011). Prior to serving at Drake University, Dr. Renner was a Professor of Psychology as well as Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mansfield University (2005-2008). Other positions Dr. Renner has held include: Professor of Psychology and Founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Nazareth College (2003-2005); Assistant/Associate/Professor of Psychology (1992-2005), Interim Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research & Faculty Development (2000-2001), Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research (1999-2000) and Institutional Research Fellow (1999-2000) at West Chester University; Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis (1988-1992); Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (1986-1988); Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wyoming, Laramie (1984-1986); Visiting Lecturer for the Department of Psychology at California State University, Hayward (1984); Teaching Associate for the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley (1982-1984). Additionally, Dr. Renner served as a Programmer and System Administrator for Technical Type and Composition Co., South San Francisco California (1984); Chemistry and Physics teacher at Norman High School, Oklahoma (1978-1979); Curriculum development specialist for the “Chemistry and Physics Teachers Project,” funded by Kerr Foundation and NSF (1978-1979); Consultant to the “Health Activities Project” at Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley (1978); Program Director and disc jockey for non-profit and commercial radio stations in Idaho and Oklahoma (1976-1979); and Education Specialist for Dorsett Educational Systems, Oklahoma (1977).
Dr. Renner received his B.A. in Psychology from Boise State University, his M.S. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Rodney Miller is in his ninth year as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University. He came to Wichita State University from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Humanities for six years. Prior to that, he was the Director of Vocal Studies at New York University. Dr. Miller has long been an advocate of arts education. In this capacity he was integral in the creation and served as the founding president of the Nebraska Alliance for Arts Education. He also served as a member of the National Alliance for Arts Education and Americans for the Arts.
Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. from Illinois State University, an MM from Indiana University and a BM from West Texas State University. His specific scholarly interests include 20th Century American vocal music, both popular and classical, as well as administrative and sociological theory as it applies to American Higher Education.
Ben O. Latigo
Dr. Ben Latigo is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire (2012-present). Prior to coming to New Hampshire, Dr. Latigo was Dean and Professor for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia (HBCU) in Washington, DC (1999-2011). From 1993-1999, Dr. Latigo was Chair and Professor for the Department of Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, for the University of Toledo. Additional academic experience for Dr. Latigo includes: Associate Professor and Technology Wind Tunnel Director for the Department of Aeronautical Technology, College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, at Arizona State University (1988-1993); Adjunct Professor (1982-1985) and Senior Lecturer (1980-1982) for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Technology at Makerere University; and Research Assistant for the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles (1974-1979).
Dr. Latigo received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobo, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona (Tucson), and his Ph.D., in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Barbara Keinath is currently a Professor of Management at Metropolitan State University (1989-present). Dr. Keinath took an administrative leave from her faculty appointment from July 2007 - July 2012 to serve as the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to her appointment as Vice Provost/Dean, Dr. Keinath was the Director of Online Learning (3/2003-6/2007). Before joining Metropolitan State, Dr. Keinath was the Program Director for Human and Health Services Administration (June 1987-May 1988) and an Assistant Professor (February 1985-April 1989) at Saint Mary’s College Graduate Center. She also spent several years at Minnesota State University-Mankato as the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (August 1983-June 1985) and Associate Director of Residence Life (July 1978-July 1983).
Dr. Keinath has a B.A. in German and a M.A. in College Student Personnel from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota.