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List of Central Michigan University Provosts

​Name 

Year 

PhD 

Previous Position 

​Notes

Charles J.
Ping

1969-1975
Duke University Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Tusculum (Tenn) College 

Left to be President ​at Ohio University
Neil Bucklew (Interim)​​
1976
University of Wisconsin ​​
Vice President for Administration at CMU
Left to be Provost at Ohio University 


John E. Cantelon​
1976 (May)
-1985
Oxford University
​Vice President of Undergraduate Studies at University of Southern California

Retired
Janice M. Reynolds 
1986-
1994 (Apr) 
Ohio State University​Vice Provost for Academic Administration at CMU Served as Acting Provost; Left to become Chancellor for Academic Affairs at University of Alaska - Fairbanks 

Richard W. Davenport ​​
​1994-
2002 (Apr) 
Iowa State University
Interim Dean of College of Extended Learning (now Global Campus) and Vice Provost at CMU​
​Named Interim Provost in April 1994; appointed July 1995.
Resigned to become president of Minnesota State University - Mankato

​Robert Kohrman
(Interim)
​2002-2003​Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDean of College of Science and Technology at CMU​
​Returned to position as Dean of College of Science and Technology

Thomas A. Storch2003-2006
University of Michigan
Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at University of Montana​

Storch Retired in Jan. 2007.​ 

​E. Gary Shapiro (Interim) ​​2007
University of Michigan ​​​​
Dean of College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at CMU 

Returned to being Dean of CHSBS at CMU.

Julia E. Wallace
​2008-2009 (May)
State University of New York at Binghamton
Dean of College of Social and Behavioral Science at University of Northern Iowa 

Left to be Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at UW-Green Bay 
E. Gary Shapiro
​2010-
2013 (Jul)
University of Michigan ​​​​ Dean of College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science at CMU Interim Provost from July 2009 to August 2010 and then appointed Provost. Resigned to return to teaching.

Michael A. Gealt 
2013 (Aug)
-2019 (Jun)
Rutgers University 
Dean of College of Science and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock 

Retired​
​Mary C. Schutten
2019 (Jul)​​Indiana University
​Dean of College of Health and Human Services at San José State University