The University of Idaho Announces Katherine Aiken as Interim Provost

Wednesday, May 8 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho announced today Katherine Aiken, the current dean of the U-Idaho College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences – or CLASS – will serve as interim provost and executive vice president beginning June 3.

Aiken has served as the CLASS dean since 2006 and has worked at the University of Idaho for 25 years.

"This selection reflects the depth of leadership inherent to a national research university," said M. Duane Nellis, president. “I agree with the selection committee that Dean Aiken demonstrates impeccable academic and leadership qualities that will help the university achieve its long-term goals."

Aiken will serve indefinitely as the interim provost and executive vice president for the university. As such she will be responsible for oversight of all academic programs and coordinates the activities the university’s vice presidents.

"I'm very pleased to be joining with Kathy in continuing to serve our university community and our state," said Don Burnett, interim president select. "She has demonstrated her administrative capability as dean of the university's largest college, promoted interdisciplinary collaboration, and established a reputation for thoroughness and collegiality. She also has maintained excellent relationships with our external constituents."

Aiken received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Idaho in 1972. She earned her master’s degree in history from the University of Oregon in 1974 and her doctoral degree from Washington State University in 1980. In addition to instructional roles, Aiken has also served as an associate dean and director of extended learning at Lewis-Clark State College and associate dean for both the U-Idaho College of Graduate Studies and CLASS.
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