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Provost Carol A. Fierke leaving Texas A&M on Dec. 31

Posted at 12:46 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 13:46:53-05

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M's Provost Carol A. Fierke will be leaving the university on Dec. 31 to begin serving as Provost of Brandeis University, where she earned her Ph.D.

Brandeis University announced today that Provost Carol A. Fierke will join its university, where she also received her Ph.D. in biochemistry.

Dr. Carol A. Fierke has served as Provost and Executive Vice President of Texas A&M University since 2017. As the university’s chief academic officer, she leads all aspects of the university’s academic mission, research, diversity and strategic planning.

She will remain at Texas A&M through Dec. 31.

"While Provost Fierke, in her usual manner, would prefer no fanfare, I cannot let the moment pass without thanking her profusely for her tremendous leadership and success since her arrival three years ago, culminating in this year’s outstanding response to COVID-19 that helped our university continue to forge ahead with in-person classes as well as remote learning and extensive safety protocols," Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said in a letter.

Some additional achievements under her leadership include:

  • Launched the Student Success Initiative to increase student retention and graduation rates at Texas A&M. Since her arrival, the retention rate for first-time, first-year students has risen by 2.7 percent to 94.4 percent, and the four-year graduation rate has risen by 5.6 percent to 60.6 percent;
  • Served the needs of the growing population in the state, with enrollment of more than 71,000 students in the fall of 2020, while retaining high standards of academic excellence;
  • Hired more than 350 new tenure and tenure-track faculty to help accommodate for the growth in student population;
  • Fostered a commitment to diversity and inclusion, as evidenced in more than 400 applicants this fall for the Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) faculty pipeline program. Texas A&M has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and was recognized twice by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as a “Diversity Champion;” and
  • Established, in concert with findings from a cross-university task force, a Graduate and Professional School to attract, support and graduate world-class students across a host of disciplines, departments, and colleges.

"I thank Provost Fierke for her continual display of the Aggie core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service," Young said.

An interim provost will soon be announced.