Willard Gingerich Named Montclair State University Provost

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new provost has been named to lead Montclair State University's academic affairs by President Susan A. Cole: Willard Gingerich, a former Fulbright scholar, officially assumed his post at the 100-year old University on July 1.

Willard Gingerich's strong scholarly credentials and administrative experience position him well to lead Montclair State's academically rich and diverse campus, said Susan A. Cole in announcing Gingerich's appointment.

Prior to assuming his position at Montclair State, Gingerich served as Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before that, he served as Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research at St. John's University.

A former Fulbright Scholar in American Literature, Gingerich received a BA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His graduate studies took him to Mexico where he studied indigenous culture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. His doctorate in English was conferred by the University of Connecticut where he was both an NDEA (National Defense Education Act) and an NDFL (National Defense Foreign Language) Fellow.

A short list of Gingerich's wide range of accomplishments in former provost positions includes the creation of a consortium of academic institutions accredited as NGOs by the United Nations; the creation of a model pandemic response plan for continuing instruction in emergencies; a Celebration of Faculty Scholarship, an annual celebration honoring and displaying faculty books and grant awards; strategic plan renewal - an update of strategic planning; the creation of retreats for department chairs and directors to share best practices on subjects ranging from "What are Budgets Good For?" to "Weighing Research, Teaching, Service in Tenure Decision.

Gingerich has published extensively on subjects from contemporary American poets to communication disorders in Spanish speakers to translated texts from the ancient Aztec language, Nahuatl.

Gingerich's principal responsibility will be to provide creative leadership to the academic affairs of New Jersey's second largest university.

Released: August 27, 2008