by Isaiah Smart
VSU recently named a new provost and vice president of academic affairs. Dr. David C. Danahar, from upstate New York, began his term on Aug. 12 for the 2013-2014 school year.
A provost is the senior academic administrator at an institution. He or she is responsible for the supervision of curricular, research and instructional affairs.
A committee that consists of Dr. Shirley Hardin, SGA President Will Jimerson and various faculty members selects the provost.
Dr. Danahar has been in higher education leadership for over 40 years and has worked at universities such as Loyola, Southwest Minnesota and SUNY.
A retired provost, Danahar learned of the opportunity through the Registry for College and University Presidents and was hooked after visiting the campus.
In preparation for the next permanent provost, Danahar looks to resolve as many short-term problems as possible. He plans to bring continuity to the office as the institution has undergone a number of changes.
He will assist President McKinney in some hiring/firing instances, budget planning as well as implementing the president’s strategic plan.
“At a time when higher education demands visionary leadership at all levels, we are thrilled to have someone of David’s experience and expertise to lead academic affairs,” said McKinney.
As interim provost, Danahar will only serve in this capacity for this academic school year. He intends to do as much as possible but still needs time to properly observe the atmosphere of VSU.
“I think students should be involved . . . and speak up. It doesn’t mean when you speak up you’re going to be right but speak up.” said Dr. Danahar when asked about his thoughts on student involvement in student affairs.
Dr. Danahar loves to travel and has been to places like the French Polynesian islands, Paris, Japan, Russia and a variety of other places.
Similar to the university’s president, Dr. William McKinney, Dr. Danahar welcomes visitors with open arms and would love to speak with students whenever he’s available.