Marian University has selected Alan Silva to serve as executive vice president and provost. He most recently held a similar role at St. Catherine University (formerly The College of St. Catherine) in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In his new role, Silva will serve as the university’s chief academic officer and chief operating officer, providing leadership and budgetary oversight for all academic deans and faculty, student success, enrollment, athletics, the university health sciences area, the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine and all professional schools.

He earned his Ph.D. in English from University of California, Davis, where he also earned his master’s degree. Silva earned his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Fresno.

Prior to arriving at St. Catherine University in 2006, he served at Hamline University, James Madison University and University of California, Davis, in a variety of roles including associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts, associate professor of English, lecturer, and instructor.

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