Emporia State’s former provost, George Arasimowicz, has resigned after only a year in the position, according to a campus email sent out to students, faculty and staff this afternoon by Interim President Ken Hush. It has not been announced why he has resigned.
Arasimowicz was hired during the Spring 2021 semester and briefly served as acting president last semester after former president Allison Garrett took a new position in Oklahoma.
Gary Wyatt, associate provost and dean of the honors college, was appointed as the acting provost on Jan. 28 when Arasimowicz took a leave of absence. He has agreed to become interim provost and vice president of academic affairs in Arasimowicz’s absence.
“Right now, we’ve got Gary Wyatt as the interim provost and he is well-versed in what that position entails,” said Gwen Larson, director of media relations. “My opinion isn’t important, but I think just having someone in the position while a search happens that knows how to do the job is ideal.”
There is no timeline for the search and hiring process, according to Larson. However, the search committee should be announced soon and Human Relations will post a job description for potential hires.
Unlike in the presidential search, ESU will be handling this search and hiring the new provost. Once the committee has narrowed the candidates down to two or three people, there will be a public forum where students, faculty and staff can ask the candidates questions they may have, according to Larson.
This forum took place over Zoom when Arasimowicz was hired but has previously been held in-person, according to Larson.