The dean of Emporia State’s Honors College, Gary Wyatt, will be taking on the role of acting provost, according to an email Interim President Ken Hush sent to faculty and staff on Friday.

Wyatt held the position of associate provost and will be filling in for current provost, George Arasimowicz, who is “away from campus,” according to the email. 

“I very much appreciate Gary taking on these additional administrative functions,” Hush said in the email.

Wyatt started at ESU in 1988 and has served as the president of Faculty Senate, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the director of the Honors Program, according to the email. He has been the associate provost and dean of the Honors College since 2014.

ESU faculty and staff were notified of the change in an email from Hush around 2:30 p.m. Students did not receive an email. 

Gwen Larson, director of media relations, said she was not sure of the relationship between the students and provost since the provost works with the deans of the colleges. She said students may receive the same email as faculty and staff later today.

It has not been announced why or for how long Arasimowicz will be away from campus.


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