Stephen Kolison Jr. Named Provost at the University of Indianapolis

Stephen Kolison Jr. has been named executive vice president and provost at the University of Indianapolis, effective July 1. According to the latest, U.S. Department of Education figures, the University of Indianapolis enrolls about 4,200 undergraduate students and 1,300 graduate students. African Americans are 9 percent of the undergraduate student body.

“I am excited to join the University of Indianapolis family and to not only lead, but also to work closely with faculty and other university constituents as we refine the institution’s intellectual life,” Dr. Kolison said. “I look forward to building upon the university’s environment of academic excellence and the discovery that will fortify the academic mission, stimulate research and enhance the academic experience of our students.”

Since 2008, Dr. Kolison has been serving as associate vice president for academic programs and educational innovation and governance for the University of Wisconsin System. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kolison was a professor in the forest research program at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He also was the founding dean of the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Dr. Kolison holds a bachelor’s degree in general forestry from the University of Liberia. He earned a master’s degree in forest economics and marketing and a Ph.D. in forest economics at Iowa State University.

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