ASU Provost Mark Searle announces plan to step down June 2021


Arizona State University executive Vice President and University Provost Dr. Mark Searle, right, presents CNN anchor Anderson Cooper with the annual Cronkite award for excellence in journalism during a luncheon at the Sheraton in Phoenix on October 17, 2018. (Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic)

Arizona State University Executive Vice President and Provost Mark Searle will step down from the position on June 30, 2021, university President Michael Crow announced on Wednesday in an email to students. 

Searle has held the position since November 2015 after serving as its interim in the seven months prior, Crow said. He’s expected to transition into a professor role at the university, assisting the president and next provost with “the implementation of strategic initiatives,” Crow said. 

“I am deeply grateful to Mark for the time, energy and expertise he has dedicated as university provost,” Crow said. “Our academic enterprise has been led to new heights under Mark’s leadership with record enrollment, student diversity and retention and graduation rates.”

“We have become a stronger, better university because of his unwavering commitment to excellence,” he continued.

According to ASU News, Searle told Crow in January he planned to step down next summer.

He first joined ASU in 1995 as the founding dean of the College of Human Services, according to ASU News. He went on to serve as provost of West campus, vice president for academic personnel and deputy provost and chief of staff to the provost. 

“It has been a true honor and privilege to serve at ASU during such a phenomenal time of growth and achievement,” Searle told ASU News. “Over the last decade and a half, ASU has grown into such a strong community of scholars, educators and public servants that share a common commitment to our charter. And that commitment has been nothing short of inspiring and truly transformative as evidenced by the impact this university has had on students’ lives, our community and innumerable fields of research.”

An internal search would be conducted to fill the role, according to Crow. The search committee would be co-chaired by Tiffany Ana López, incoming vice provost for inclusion and community engagement, and Patrick Kenney, dean of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A list of the search committee’s full membership would be announced at a later time. 

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