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Texas A&M University names new provost and executive vice president

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2020-12-01 12:18:57-05

Dr. Carol A. Fierke has been named the new provost and executive vice president of Texas A&M University.

After an international search of over 140 candidates, Dr. Fierke, the vice provost for academic affairs, graduate studies and dean of the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, will begin her duties on Oct. 16.

“I am greatly honored to be selected to serve in this important leadership role at Texas A&M University,” Dr. Fierke said, “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to further enhance excellence in transformational learning, discovery and innovation and significant social professional impact.”

Dr. Fierke is a holder of the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and the College of Literature, Science & Arts, as well as professor of biochemistry in the Medical School. 

She is the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Repligen Award in Chemistry of Biological Processes and the Protein Society’s Emil Thomas Kaiser Award for her contributions in the application of chemistry to the study of enzymes. She holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Brandeis University, a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Carleton College and completed post-doctoral training at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Fierke served on the faculty at Duke University before joining the University of Michigan in 1999. From 2005-2015, she served as the department chair for chemistry before moving to her roles as vice provost and dean of graduate studies.

She has won several awards and honors, including the 2016 American Chemical Society’s National Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. and honors for improving the campus environment for faculty and students, especially women in science, including active involvement with the University of Michigan ADVANCE program for highlighting diversity and excellence.

“I am exceptionally pleased that Dr. Fierke will be our next executive vice president and provost. As chief academic officer, and as the second in charge for the University, she will contribute greatly to the leadership of Texas A&M,” Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young said.  “We look forward to benefiting from her experiences as an academic leader, scholar and advocate for higher education.”

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