Wearden to step down as provost in June 2019

By Ariana Portalatin, Managing Editor

Senior Vice President and Provost Stan Wearden will be stepping down from his position in June 2019, according to an April 6 collegewide email from President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim.

Wearden was appointed provost by Kim on Feb. 26, 2014, and began his role in June 2014 following a nationwide search and the position being filled on an interim basis for three years, as reported Feb. 28, 2014, by The Chronicle.

Kim stated in the April 6 email that he will start another nationwide search for a new provost, for which he will be releasing more details soon.

According to Kim’s April 6 email, Wearden will continue to advance the college in its Strategic Plan efforts during his time left at the college, including preparing the college for next year’s accreditation site visit.

Kim ended his email announcement by acknowledging Wearden’s accomplishments at the college.

“Let me end this brief message by emphasizing my and the college’s debt of gratitude to Stan for all that he has done—and will continue to do—to help the college advance,” Kim stated in the email. “This coming year will bring opportunities to celebrate Stan and his many accomplishments at Columbia.”

Story developments to come.

Update 4/6/18 at 12:30 p.m.:

In a April 6 statement sent to The Chronicle by Vice President of Strategic Communications and External Relations Mark Rosati, Wearden said his service at the college has been a privilege.

“I have tried to serve with integrity, energy, enthusiasm and professional courage,” Wearden said. “I hope I will be leaving this wonderful college a little better than I found it.”

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