Ithaca College Quarterly

Provost Malek Leaves the College; Scoones Steps In

Jim Malek, provost and vice president for academic affairs since 1998, has resigned his post at Ithaca, effective in August, for a comparable position at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Malek"I lived in Florida before coming to Ithaca, and the opportunity to return as vice president for academic affairs and provost at the best comprehensive liberal arts college in the state was too good an opportunity to pass up," said Malek on making the announcement. "I have strong personal ties in Florida, and of course the climate is an added attraction."

President Peggy R. Williams said, "Jim has provided fine leadership during his tenure at the College, and everyone here joins me in wishing him every success in his new role." Malek chaired the All-College Planning and Priorities Committee; established Center for Faculty Research and Development; encouraged and directed the development of various multidisciplinary programs, including the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity; and spearheaded the successful effort to remove the tenure cap for academic departments. He was recently elected to a two-year term as the chair of the governing board of the Associated New American Colleges, of which both Ithaca and Rollins are members.

"I have enjoyed my time at Ithaca College very much," he said, "and am particularly grateful for having had the opportunity to work with Ithaca’s excellent faculty and staff, especially with President Williams and the rest of her administrative team."

President Williams has named longtime administrator William Scoones, who had retired from the College in December, as interim provost while a national search is conducted.  next