Florida State University President John Thrasher said today that he will appoint Sally McRorie as interim provost upon the departure of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes.
Stokes has accepted a position at the University of Missouri, where she will serve as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.
“Sally is obviously well-qualified and did an excellent job when she previously served as interim provost,” Thrasher said. “She has a great record of academic leadership and a commitment to working with faculty across departments and colleges.”
McRorie, currently vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement, will serve as interim provost for the second time. She also stepped into the role from April through November while Stokes served as interim president.
As interim provost, McRorie 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 again step into the role of interim provost and greatly appreciate President Thrasher’s confidence,” McRorie said. “Academic affairs is the heart of FSU. We work with the full range of students, faculty, leaders and programs all to provide excellence in education, research and service.”
McRorie has served as vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement since July 2012. During the past two years, McRorie has led the implementation of improved faculty promotion and tenure processes including specialized faculty promotions; 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.