Browser warning

University of Tampa Names Provost

Published: March 13, 2006

The University of Tampa has appointed Dr. Janet McNew provost and vice president for academic affairs following an exhaustive national search and multiple interview process. She will assume her duties this summer.


McNew is provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she also is a professor of English. She spent a decade as provost at IWU, where she also spent more than a year as acting president.


“Janet will bring great skill and expertise to the position at a time when the University is further shaping its academic organization,” President Ron Vaughn said. “With a rich background in teaching, scholarship and academic administration, she will help to provide the leadership needed to advance the UT educational experience and help us further define the unique educational attributes of the University.


“Her service to Illinois Wesleyan was exemplary. She led IWU in improving its educational experience, invigorated the core curriculum, strengthened its community involvement, and attracted a Phi Beta Kappa chapter to campus. IWU’s Mellon Center for Faculty and Curriculum Development was created during her tenure, and she hired more than half of the school’s present faculty.”


“I was fortunate enough to be able to consider a range of opportunities and to choose the University of Tampa because it most clearly calls upon my background and talents,” McNew said. “Janet McNew was the clear choice not only of the committee, but of the entire faculty,” said search committee co-chair Dr. David Ford, professor of chemistry. “The second choice wasn’t even close.


“I have to give credit to Ron Vaughn for selling her on our institution," said Ford, noting that she had been concurrently offered the position of president at a university in Alabama. "She’s topnotch.”


McNew received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her MA and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. She taught in and chaired the Department of English at St. John’s University/College of Saint Benedict prior to her time at IWU.


For more information, contact the Office of Public Information at or (813) 253-6232.