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Lindenwood University names new provost

Lindenwood University has named Dr. Mark Arant its next provost and vice president for academic affairs. He will replace Dr. Marilyn Abbott, who is retiring at the end of June after 23 years at Lindenwood and five as provost. 

Arant has worked in higher education for nearly 30 years, 16 of which were at the administrative level, at the University of Louisiana at Monroe; the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith; Northeastern State University at Tahlequah, Oklahoma; and Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. In the latter two positions, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs. Since August 2019, he has served as a senior fellow with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. 

Arant has published and presented extensively and holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Additionally, he attended the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University in 2010 and the Becoming a Provost Academy at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities/American Academic Leadership Institute in 2015. 

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