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ISU’s new Vice President and Provost

Written by on February 28, 2020

Photo courtesy to ISU

NORMAL, Ill.- Illinois State University President Larry Dietz has named Vice Provost Aondover Tarhule as the vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, effective July 1.

Jan Murphy, who has served in the role since 2017, will retire this summer.

Tarhule currently serves as vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at Binghamton University, part of the state universities of New York.

While at Binghamton, he has facilitated the creation of new degree programs, developed new international partnerships, and implemented several major innovations to data and workflow software.

As a member of the university president’s cabinet, Tarhule is responsible for academic program review and works collaboratively with vice presidents and deans of academic colleges.

“I am humbled and thrilled to have been selected to serve as the next vice president and provost of Illinois State University,” said Tarhule.

“From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I was immediately struck by how committed and invested everyone was to the future of the institution. President Larry Dietz and his entire leadership team are amazing. The university has a record of prudent management and is well positioned to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the higher education landscape.”

In regards to ISU’s diversity and inclusion pillar  Tarhule will be bring something unique.

He was also an editorial board member for the Scientific World Journal and the African Geographical Journal.

He earned a master’s degree in environmental resources planning and a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Jos, Plateau State, in Nigeria.

Media Relation Director Eric Jome said, “The diversity pillar is a large consideration and he is going to bring diversity to cabinet level positions. That perspective is something that is important and we look forward to what he can bring to campus.”