Kolison, who since 2008 has served as the associate vice president for academic programs, educational innovation and governance for the University of Wisconsin System, will lead UIndy’s more than 550 faculty members.
“Dr. Kolison comes to us at the right time in our institutional history,” said Jonathan Evans, Ph.D., co-chair of the provost search committee and associate professor of philosophy and religion. “His strong track record in building academic programs and supporting faculty development, coupled with his exemplary collaborative skills and thoughtfulness, will positively influence our campus and strengthen the intellectual life and impact we provide.”
Evans also said Kolison has a proven record of securing research funding as principal investigator and co-principal investigator, including more than $25 million in grants from various sources while at Tennessee State University and at Tuskegee University.
“I am excited to join the University of Indianapolis family and to not only lead, but also to work closely with faculty and other university constituents as we refine the institution's intellectual life,” Kolison said.”
A native of Liberia, Kolison earned doctorate and master’s degrees from Iowa State and a bachelor’s from the University of Liberia.
Kolison will begin his transition to UIndy starting April 1 and will formally assume his duties July 1. David Wantz will continue to serve as interim executive vice president and provost through June 30.