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Provost's Biography

Dr. Richard Rothaus joined Central Michigan University in 2018 as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. On January 1, 2022 Dr. Rothaus became Interim Executive Vice President and Provost.

Prior to arriving at CMU, Dr. Rothaus spent four years serving the North Dakota University System as vice chancellor of academic and student affairs as well as director of academic programs, research and accreditation.

In addition to his administrative positions, Rothaus has been a research associate at North Dakota State University's Center for Heritage Renewal since 2012. He also acted as a consulting archeologist for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe from 2006-2014 and as president and principal investigator for Trefoil Cultural and Environmental from 2008-2014.

Rothaus taught in the history departments at St. Cloud State University and Oklahoma State University and served as assistant vice president for research and faculty development at St. Cloud State from 2000-2008. He earned a doctoral degree in history from Ohio State University, a master's degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor's degree from Florida State University.

Rothaus lives close to campus in Mt. Pleasant with his wife and son.  His two adult children live in Minnesota and Washington.