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May 2009

Release Date: May 21, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Provost Returns to Teaching

Dr. Donald V. Coers, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Angelo State University will return to his tenured position as a professor in the Department of English, effective May 23, after serving nine years in the university’s top academic affairs position.

“We are thankful to Dr. Coers for his years of service and for his dedication to the students of Angelo State University,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo.

A national search to name a new provost will begin immediately. In addition, a search for a vice president for student affairs will also begin.

“Separating the function of academic affairs from student affairs will help Angelo State better meet our obligations to our students and better address our strategic mandates from the Texas Tech University System,” Rallo said.

Coers came to ASU in the summer of 2000 as vice president for academic affairs after 30 years as an English professor and administrator at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He graduated cum laude from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in English in 1963. He received his master's degree in English in 1969 and then earned his Ph. D. from Texas A&M University in 1974.

His academic research has focused on the works of John Steinbeck and Ebenezer Cook, author of Sot-weed Factor. He received the Burkhardt Award from Ball State University as the outstanding Steinbeck scholar of 1995.

Dr. James M. Limbaugh, ASU vice president for strategy, planning and policy, has been named as interim provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. The interim appointment was made for a maximum of one year with the understanding that the appointee would not be a candidate for the permanent position.

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