Announcing interim provost

Dear Texas Woman's Colleagues,

As we near the end of the semester, I am pleased to announce O. Finley Graves, PhD, CPA has agreed to serve as Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. He will start on June 1st.

Dr. Graves served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UNT from March 2015 through June 2017. He was Dean of the College of Business from August 2007 through February 2015 with a stint as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Business from January through July 2007. Before moving to UNT as chair of the Department of Accounting in August 2002, he was Arthur Andersen Professor and head of the Department of Accounting at Kansas State University.

He received his MA and PhD in accountancy at the University of Alabama and rose through the academic ranks in accounting at the Patterson School of Accountancy, University of Mississippi. He also holds a BA from the University of Mississippi, an MA from Rice University, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, all in German. He was a tenured faculty member in the Department of German and Russian at the University of Alabama from 1973 to 1981. He served as chair of that department before moving to the national accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and obtaining his license as a CPA.

Dr. Graves’ breadth of academic experience, record of leadership, and kind spirit will serve Texas Woman’s well as we continue pushing the boundaries of research and creative endeavors, teaching and learning, and service. I also look forward to his leadership in addressing issues ranging from faculty workload policy to expanding academic programs that align student dreams with market demand.

Again, I want to extend gratitude to Carolyn Kapinus for her contributions to the university while provost. I look forward to continuing collaboration with her as she works with Dr. Graves’ transition this summer. She will also continue working with the accreditation team on our reaffirmation. That compliance report is due in September.

As you wind down the spring 2022 semester, I wish you all my best. I think we can all see the light at the end of the metaphorical tunnel.

With a pioneering spirit,

Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.
Chancellor and President

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