Mary C. Schutten, Central Michigan University's executive vice president and provost, today announced her decision to step down from her role, effective Dec. 31.
Schutten, who joined the university July 1, 2019, has been an integral part of CMU's success over the past 26 months, said CMU President Bob Davies.
"Mary's dedication to increasing rigor, relevance and excellence in CMU's academics and research set the tone for the ongoing work of our Strategic Envisioning Process," Davies said. "I also have deeply valued her leadership and insight as our university navigated the challenges of the pandemic. Throughout it all, she maintained focus on the success of our students and the well-being of our faculty."
Davies outlined a number of Schutten's achievements during her time at CMU, including:
Prior to her arrival at CMU, Schutten served for 30 years in a variety of leadership roles in higher education, including as dean at San Jose State University and associate dean and professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University.
Schutten will continue in her role as provost through the end of the year before joining the CMU faculty. Davies said he will seek input on the formation of a search committee in the coming weeks.