SUNY Fredonia picks Kearns as interim provost

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM EDT

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April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM EDT


Business First by Allissa Kline

Administrators at SUNY Fredonia have selected one of their own to temporarily serve as second-in-command of the four-year Chautauqua County college.

Kevin Kearns, a professor and associate vice president for graduate studies and research, will become interim provost and vice president for academic affairs starting July 1. He succeeds Virginia Schaefer Horvath, who will become college president when current President Dennis Hefner retires at the end of June.

A nationwide search for a permanent provost and vice president for academic affairs will commence this fall. Officials are planning to hire someone to begin July 1, 2013.

Kearns came to Fredonia in 2007. He is a faculty member in the college's Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.

Previously, he worked at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston as the interim academic dean and professor/director of the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders. He received his Ph.D. in communication disorders from the University of Kansas, his master's degree in communication disorders from St. Louis University and his bachelor's degree in speech language pathology from the University at Buffalo.

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