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Western’s new provost is Catherine Riordan

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Catherine Riordan

Catherine A. Riordan became Western’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs this fall.

As WWU’s new chief academic officer, Riordan oversees Western’s academic operations, including colleges, libraries, academic support services and graduate and undergraduate programs.

Over the course of her career Riordan has received awards for distinguished teaching, advising, research and service. She also was a Missouri Youth Initiative Kellogg Fellow and a visiting scholar at University College Dublin in Ireland.

Riordan came to Western from Central Michigan University, where she served as vice provost for Academic Affairs, responsible for strategic planning at the 27,000-student university. She was also in charge of undergraduate curricula, academic program planning, assessment of student learning outcomes, faculty and department chair development, the honors and first year student programs, regional and specialized accreditation and a Department of Education grant to support academic decision making.

Riordan, who holds a doctorate in social psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, succeeds Dennis Murphy, who served as provost for two years following a distinguished career as dean of WWU’s College of Business and Economics.