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January 25, 2021 - Douglas Leaman will step down as interim provost

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Dear Campus Community,

I am saddened to announce that interim Provost Douglas Leaman has accepted a position as dean of the College of Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery and will be leaving Wright State University by the end of February.

Dr. Leaman has been an integral part of our Raider family for four years, serving as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics prior to being appointed interim provost in January 2020.

As interim provost, Dr. Leaman played a central role in Wright State's efforts to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. He oversaw the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including helping to implement campus health and safety protocols; coordinating the transition to remote learning in March; managing the reopening of our campuses for Fall Semester; and planning for Spring Semester.

This is also a crucial time for Wright State as we work through the finalization of an academic retrenchment plan and the formation of our new health college. Dr. Leaman has been heavily engaged in those processes and is committed to finishing them prior to his departure.

We are finalizing a plan to fill the provost position on an interim basis until a search for a permanent provost can get under way.

I sincerely thank Doug for his service to Wright State and promise you will hear more from him prior to his departure. Please join me in wishing Doug much success for his new opportunity.

Best wishes,