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April 3, 2012

University of Montevallo names Ozment Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

MONTEVALLO – Dr. Suzanne Ozment has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Montevallo. She comes to UM from the University of South Carolina Aiken where she has served as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English for the past 10 years. She will begin her duties at Montevallo July 1.

She holds the Ph.D. in Victorian literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from East Carolina University.

Prior to her service at USC Aiken, Ozment was named Dean of Undergraduate Studies at The Citadel in 1997 after serving as a member of the English faculty for 14 years. She began her academic career as an assistant professor of English at Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1977.

An advocate for programs focusing on community service as well as academic success for all students and particularly among first-year students, Ozment also has instituted a number of initiatives to improve faculty opportunities and awards. She has been an active member of reaccreditation teams for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1985.

In announcing Ozment’s selection, UM president Dr. John W. Stewart III said, “Dr. Ozment’s career accomplishments are impressive. She has been heavily involved in the review of general education requirements, the establishment of new degree programs and the implementation of academic quality and support resource programs for students. I eagerly anticipate the level of leadership that Dr. Ozment will bring to the University.”

Ozment will replace Dr. Terry Roberson, previous Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Montevallo. Roberson stepped down from that position in January to return to teaching in UM’s College of Education. Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has served as interim VPAA since that time.