Mount Mercy University names Timothy G. Laurent provost and vice president for academic affairs

Timothy G. Laurent

Following a nationwide search, Mount Mercy University President Laurie Hamen announced today that Dr. Timothy G. Laurent has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs. He succeeds Jan Handler, Ed.D., who is retiring after 31 years at Mount Mercy.

Laurent, who starts this June, brings an extensive record of academic success and service as well as broad administrative experience to the Hill. Most recently, he served as vice president for academic affairs at the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana, where he oversaw all aspects of undergraduate, graduate, face-to-face, online and hybrid programs. Prior to that, he was associate dean for academic affairs at Lynchburg College (Virginia).

“Tim’s shared leadership approach, commitment to academic success and understanding of the changing landscape of higher education will add great value as we collaboratively fulfill the university’s mission and strategic plan,” said President Laurie Hamen.

Laurent’s expertise is in health, fitness and athletic training education. After receiving his bachelor’s in athletic training/health education from Indiana University in 1987, Laurent earned his master’s in athletic training from the University of Arizona in 1989, and a doctorate in education administration from Ball State University (Indiana) in 2000.

A career-long athletic training educator, Laurent served as a tenured faculty member and department chair at Lynchburg College and on the athletic training education faculty at Ball State University, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and Winona State University (Minnesota). In addition, he owned his own health and fitness firm from 2001 to 2007.

“I’m excited to join President Hamen and the entire Mount Mercy community in providing excellent student-focused education,” said Laurent. “My family and I are looking forward to returning to our Midwestern roots and calling the Cedar Rapids area home.”

As a researcher and scholar, Laurent has authored over 100 publications, presentations, and grant proposals, and has served on more than 50 committees and task forces. He has also mentored numerous students as they presented their research in local, state and regional forums.

Laurent will lead Mount Mercy’s faculty and academic units including undergraduate and graduate programs, the registrar’s office, library services, institutional research, and the Academic Center for Excellence.

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