New provost named
Friday, June 26, 2009
Devinder M. Malhotra has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at St. Cloud State. He takes office July 1, replacing retiring Michael Spitzer, who has been provost since 2002.
Malhotra was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine since 2005, prior to which he spent 26 years at the University of Akron as an associate dean, chair of the economics department and faculty member. He also has teaching and research experience at Case Western Reserve University, Kansas State University and with the government of India.
Malhotra was born in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, in northern India. One of seven children of a lawyer and a homemaker, he was educated at a Catholic boarding school in Dalhousie and the Modern School in Delhi. His father and older brother were members of the Congress Party and served in Parliament.
The provost position at St. Cloud State serves as the institutional leader in the president’s absence. The academic vice president position that was expanded to provost in 2002 provides leadership for all academic components of the university. The provost works closely with the academic colleges, including Business, Education, Fine Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science and Engineering, Continuing Studies, the School of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Programs. As provost, Malhotra will develop and administer academic polices, help establish academic priorities, oversee the curriculum, encourage faculty and student research and supervise academic support and enrollment services.