Stephen Kolison Jr. has been appointed executive vice president and provost for the University of Indianapolis. Since 2008, he has served as associate vice president for Academic Programs, Educational Innovation and Governance for the University of Wisconsin System Administration. Kolison will lead more than 550 faculty for the university. He brings to the role a strong record of research and success in implementing system-wide policies to increase degree productivity, expand learning opportunities for non-traditional students and foster innovative and effective teaching methods to increase student learning and educational success. Kolison also has a proven record of securing research funding as principal investigator and co-principal investigator, including more than $25 million in grants from various sources while at Tennessee State University and at Tuskegee University. A native of Liberia, he earned a doctor of philosophy in forest economics and master of science in forest economics and marketing from Iowa State University of Science and Technology and a bachelor of science degree in general forestry from the University of Liberia, Monrovia. Kolison holds certificates from Harvard University in negotiations and leadership; crisis leadership in higher education; and educational management. His research has been published extensively in top, peer-reviewed journals. He remains a sought-after keynote speaker on topics such as the growth of online learning, environmental safety and trends in the forest industry. He also is active in the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

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