AU Announces Next Provost: Dr. Joel Shrock

Anderson University is pleased to name Dr. Joel Shrock as its newest provost. He joins the president’s cabinet and is stepping into a long history of dedicated, academic leaders to help guide AU through our second century. Dr. Shrock has served AU since 2005 as the associate provost, a professor of history, and dean for the School of Humanities and Behavioral Science. Recently, he began a racial equity speaker series that has sparked great engagement. His predecessor, Dr. Marie Morris, has given 12 years of service to the university. 

A search committee of diverse faculty and staff was created in October 2020, with each member bringing their own unique perspectives. The committee met over a span of several months with a mission to select someone who had a strong understanding of how to make the university distinctive, compelling, and relevant. The candidate needed to respond well to the university’s strategic plan and to the four pillars established in 2015 to make AU an outstanding place to work, as well as a place with an outstanding student experience, a forward-thinking brand, and fiscal strength. 

“I am excited to transition into the provost role,” said Dr. Shrock. “AU has the best campus community of anywhere I have ever worked and I look forward to engaging with staff, students, and faculty to grow and energize our campus. Our best days are ahead of us.”

“I want to offer Dr. Shrock my heartiest congratulations on his selection as AU’s next provost,” said President John Pistole. “All of us on the search committee found his qualifications and experience to be distinctive, compelling, and relevant for such a time as this. I also want to thank Dr. Morris for her servant leadership to AU over the last decade.”

Dr. Shrock’s first day as provost will be June 1, 2021.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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