Ashland University Names New Provost

Ashland University Names New Provost

1/15/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University President Dr. Carlos Campo has announced that Dr. Eun-Woo Chang has been hired as the new provost at Ashland University. He will start in his new role in mid-April.

“We conducted a thorough, national search for our next academic leader and we are very excited to be able to announce that Dr. Eun-Woo Chang has been selected to serve as the next provost of Ashland University,” Dr. Campo said. “Dr. Chang has considerable experience in higher education, including serving as the academic leader at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey since 2014.”

AU Professor of Biology Dr. Mason Posner, who served as chair of the Provost Search Committee, agreed with Dr. Campo.

“I believe that Dr. Chang will be an innovative and visionary academic leader for Ashland University. He had broad support from the faculty, administrators, students and staff that met him during his interview on campus,” Posner said. “I look forward to the positive change that he can bring to our institution.”

Chang replaces Dr. Douglas Fiore, who was appointed interim provost during the 2014-2015 academic year and has taken a provost position at Park University.

Chang has served as vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey since 2014 and prior to that was dean of science for engineering and mathematics at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., from 2011 to 2014.

From 2008 to 2011, he served as program director for the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va., which included co-lead of the Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program in 2009; co-lead for the Advanced Technological Education Program in 2010; the STEM Talent Expansion Program; and the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Prior to that, Chang was at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, serving in 2005-2006 as interim dean of mathematics and sciences, and in 2004-2005 as an American Council on Education Fellow. He also served as a tenured faculty member at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev., beginning in 1995 and was faculty senate chair from 2001 to 2003 and physical science department chair from 1998 to 2004.

Chang was named American Chemical Society Fellow in 2010 and American Council on Education Fellow in 2004. He is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American Association of Community Colleges; the Society for College and University Planning; American Chemical Society; American Chemical Society - Division of Chemical Education; 2-Year College Chemistry Consortium; International Center for First-Year Undergraduate Chemistry Education; and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

In addition to his many publications, presentations and grants, Chang’s professional activities include serving as a board member for the Trenton Public Education Foundation Board; advisory board member for the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science at University of California, Berkeley; League for Innovation Master Seminar Speaker, on the subject “NSF Support for Innovation in Undergraduate STEM Education and Workforce Development”, co-presenter; National Science Foundation STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) Third-Year Panel and a facilitator at the STEP PIs’ conference; National Science Foundation, Grants Proposal Review Panel; Regional Advisory Board member, 2-Year College Chemistry Consortium; Who's Who Among America's College Teacher in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005; and Chairing Academic Department Workshop, Fellow, San Antonio, Texas.

Chang has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles, an M.A. in chemistry from Minnesota State University and a B.S. in chemistry from Yeungnam University in South Korea. His research experience includes postdoctoral associate at Harvard University Department of Chemistry and a research fellow at UCLA Department of Chemistry.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                
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