TV2: KSU’s own Dr. Timothy Moerland eyes provost position

Doug Rogers

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Kent State University’s provost finalists are making their rounds around campus this week.

The university’s own in-house candidate, Dr. Timothy Moerland, spoke with graduate students, faculty and staff during open forums Thursday and Friday.

His campus interview and open forum follow provost finalist David Francko’s visit earlier this week.

Dr. Moerland has worked for the university as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2008. Now, he’s ready for a new challenge.

“The idea of being able to help Kent State grow to the next phase is a really appealing one from a professional standpoint and from the standpoint of my personal interests,” Moerland said.

Moerland has held a variety of administrative and teaching positions over his career. He left Florida State University after 20 years before coming to Kent.

However, Moerland didn’t leave without learning a few lessons.

“I learned a lot from that experience,” Moerland said, “And that is how to be lean, how to be tight and how to make sure that investments and commitment of resources are truly in the best interest of the mission of the institution.”

He, also, developed an extensive science background, earning both zoology and biology degrees.

Kent State plans to further its research initiatives and funding.

“By definition, the world of research is very, very fast moving,” Moerland said. “It brings opportunities that have a short life span and need rapid response. I think that’s an awareness that I also bring to the table.”

Moerland says his goal as provost involves pushing forward initiatives to meet the university’s plans, while addressing everyone’s concerns.

The university invited undergraduate students to speak with Dr. Moerland Friday. He met with students from 11:30 a.m. to noon on the library’s fourth floor.

Contact Doug Rogers at [email protected].