Mount Mercy names new acting provost and vice provost

Mount Mercy University announced today that Dr. Melody Graham has been named acting provost and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Jan Handler has been named vice provost. Both positions will take effect July 1.

The Mount Mercy community will bid farewell to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. John P. Marsden this summer, as he and his family relocate to North Carolina where he will assume the position of provost at Barton College.

Graham, currently serving as dean of graduate studies and professor of psychology, has been appointed to the position full-time through June, 2013.  Her new role will be integral to establishing leadership through Mount Mercy’s HLC accreditation process.

Graham has been with Mount Mercy since 1991. Her many leadership roles and accomplishments include serving as department Chair in 1997- 2002 and serving twice as social science division chair. She was appointed director of academic assessment in 2000, held the Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellent in 2006 – 08, and was appointed dean of graduate studies in 2007, where she oversees Mount Mercy’s graduate programs in business, education, nursing and marriage and family therapy. 
She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts from Claremont Graduate University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jan HandlerHandler, currently serving as associate provost, will undertake greater scope, responsibility and oversight in her role as vice provost. She has been with Mount Mercy since 1987 when she began as associate professor of education. She held the first Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence in 2002 – 2004 and has served in a leadership role in the Office of Academic Affairs since 2007 as associate provost. She was influential in leading the core curriculum advisory team, and serves as co-leader with Graham on the Pathways to Scholarship Quality Improvement Initiative.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Education degree from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Bridgeport.

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