Wittenberg President Names New Provost
Brian Yontz is the university's new provost
Wittenberg University President Michael Frandsen announced recently that Brian Yontz, interim provost and professor of education, will no longer have interim in his title as he has accepted the provost position following a national search. Yontz, who has been serving in an interim capacity following the departure of Michelle Mattson last summer, will begin his new role officially on July 1, pending formal approval by the board of directors in May.
“I am delighted that Brian has agreed to serve as our next provost following an extensive national search,” said Wittenberg President Michael Frandsen. “As interim provost, Brian set a standard of excellence in his work and furthered our forward momentum in a way that will position the University’s academic program for continued success. I look forward to having Brian’s perspective, collaborative spirit and innovative eye on the senior team; I am confident that he will partner with faculty colleagues in advancing our academic program to meet the needs of current and future students.”
Earning the top faculty prize, the Alumni Association’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2020, Yontz is a native of Springfield and a long-serving faculty member in the education department, having joined Wittenberg in 2006. He is also the 2019 recipient of Wittenberg’s Excellence in Community Service Award and the Edith B. and Frank C. Matthies Award in 2018.
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