Saint Mary’s College has named Nancy Nekvasil provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. She has held the position on an interim basis since July and her permanent appointment is effective immediately. Nekvasil, a professor of biology, holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. 

A member of Saint Mary’s biology department for more than 30 years, serving as chair for nearly a decade, Nekvasil has received many awards and honors, including Saint Mary’s Maria Pieta Award in 1990, recognizing her as an extraordinary teacher, and the College’s Spes Unica Award in 2011 for exceptional service. Earlier this year she received Saint Mary’s Carmi and Chris Murphy Faculty Award for Student Mentorship of the Senior Comprehensive.

Nekvasil succeeds Patricia Fleming, who stepped down June 30 to return to teaching and research in the Saint Mary’s philosophy department.

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