Penn State alumnus Marcus Whitehurst will be moving into the vice provost seat left vacant by the death of his predecessor, Terrell Jones, in 2014.
According to the university, Whitehurst has nearly 20 years of experience in educational leadership, including serving as assistant vice provost for educational equity under Jones. He also did the work of interim vice provost over the last year.
His appointment happens officially Sept. 1. The university conducted a national search before finding its perfect candidate at home.
The position supervises 75 staff members across 13 units, and works with other departments within Penn State and outside the university to make equal opportunities a priority.
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Whitehurst’s bachelor’s degree in sociology came from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His master’s degree in higher education administration and doctorate in educational theory and policy both came from Penn State. He worked at the university for 10 years in various positions, including directing the Multicultural Resource Center, before accepting the assistant vice provost position in 2007.