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Office of the Provost

Provost (interim)

Douglas Leaman

Douglas Leaman, Ph.D., is interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. He joined Wright State as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics in October 2016 after 15 years of service at the University of Toledo.

As Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Leaman served as the chief administrative and academic officer and was responsible for maintaining and developing excellence in both graduate and undergraduate programs, providing leadership in faculty recruitment, directing strategic planning processes, promoting diversity, and allocation of the budget.

Leaman believes in creating a learning environment that provides students with the opportunities and skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Under his leadership, the College of Science and Mathematics fostered an environment aimed at providing all students with hands-on opportunities to conduct meaningful work in their chosen field, including identifying undergraduate research, internship, externship, co-op, or shadowing opportunities. The college strives to instill within its students an innovative spirit that encourages new, interdisciplinary ways of thinking to identify solutions to long-standing problems.

Before joining Wright State, Leaman served as Chair and Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toledo, Project Scientist at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center, and Scientific Director of Gemini Technologies.

Leaman is an innate immunologist, specializing in biochemical and physiological aspects of host-virus interactions. He continues to run a successful research laboratory, giving him insight into current trends in the life and physical sciences and an advantage in an administrative position that requires a strong appreciation of the role that faculty scholarship plays in the education of future Wright State graduates.

He earned his bachelor's degree in animal sciences and master's degree in molecular growth and development from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in molecular biology/reproductive physiology from the University of Missouri.