Noel Wilkin, who served as the interim provost, was named provost and executive vice chancellor.
Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter made the announcement today, which concluded a national search.
Wilkin is familiar with the university. In addition to serving as the interim provost and the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, he also is a professor of pharmacy administration and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
“In his 20-plus years with Ole Miss, Noel has built a tremendous track record of success, excellence, collaboration and fostering energetic and innovative approaches,” Vitter said in a statement released by the university. “Under Noel’s leadership as provost, the university will see our momentum and academic excellence soar to new heights.”
Wilkin was named interim provost in January after Morris Stocks, who served in the position since 2009, returned to the faculty of the accounting school. The provost serves as the university’s chief academic officer.
Wilkin earned both his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and his Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Wilkin said he is thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the university in the provost role, according to the statement.
“This is an amazing university with well-qualified students and outstanding faculty and staff,” Wilkin said. “It is the creativity, commitment and dedication of our people that enables us to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and society, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with them to do this important work.”
You can read The Daily Mississippian’s coverage of Wilkin’s open forum interview here.