Baylor names interim provost

Dr. Michael K. McLendon. (Baylor photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor President Linda Livingstone has named Dr. Michael K. McLendon to serve as the school’s interim provost effective July 1, the university announced Tuesday.

“Dr. McLendon fully understands the role of the provost, as his scholarly work has focused extensively on postsecondary governance, finance and policy. His knowledge of and familiarity with Baylor, as an undergraduate and dean, are certainly an added benefit,” Livingstone said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

McLendon has served since July 2015 as dean of Baylor’s School of Education and also holds a faculty appointment as the Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

He succeeds University Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones who announced earlier this month he is stepping down effective Friday after just more than a year as the school’s chief academic officer.

An interim dean for the School of Education will be named in the near future, the university said.