Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes announced the appointment of Sally McRorie as interim provost effective April 2 when Stokes begins her service as interim president.
Both interim appointments follow the departure of President Eric J. Barron, who is leaving Florida State to assume the presidency of Penn State University.
McRorie, currently vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement, will serve as interim provost through the conclusion of the presidential search process. She will oversee academic resources development, enhancement of scholarship and research and evaluation of the quality of academic activity as well as review of faculty appointments. She will continue to collaborate with deans, faculty and university administrators to promote academic excellence and advance the institution’s academic mission.
“I am honored to serve as interim provost at Florida State,” McRorie said. “Our great programs, students and faculty deserve seamless support during our leadership transition. My job will be to build upon the important initiatives underway.”
Stokes congratulated McRorie on the interim appointment.
“We are on an excellent path as a pre-eminent university, and everyone on campus will play an important role in our future success,” Stokes said.
McRorie has served as vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement since July 2012 when the position was created. During the past two years, McRorie has led the implementation of improved faculty promotion and tenure processes including specialized faculty promotions; overseen faculty reaccreditation issues; started semester-long development classes for new and aspiring administrators; and helped craft memorable events recognizing faculty achievements and awards.
Previously, she served as FSU’s inaugural dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance for nearly a decade, guiding the college’s School of Art & Design (Departments of Art, Art History, Art Education and Interior Design), School of Dance, and School of Theatre and the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the 66-acre John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art complex and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, both at the FSU Sarasota campus.
McRorie’s prior administrative experiences include service as chair of Art & Design at Purdue University, chair of the Department of Art Education at FSU, co-director of the Florida Institute for Art Education and National Co-Chair of the Getty and Annenberg Foundations’ $36 million project “Transforming Education through the Arts.” She is a graduate of the Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr and the University of Kansas, where she earned her doctorate.
She served two terms as president of the National Association of Arts Administrators, is on the commission of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and served as senior editor ofStudies in Art Education. She has received the Manuel Barkan Award, the Mary J. Rouse Award, FSU Teaching Award, and the Indiana and Florida Higher Education Art Educator of the Year awards.