Dr. Rodney B. Piercey has been appointed as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Eastern Kentucky University, it was announced today by EKU President Joanne Glasser.
For the past four years, Piercey has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Prior to joining Embry-Riddle as Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences in 2001, Piercey was Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Mississippi State University from 1996 to 2001. During his 12 years at Mississippi State, he also earned the rank of Professor of Physics and served as Director of MSU’s Nuclear Physics Research Group and as Coordinator of Institutional Programs in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Piercey, a native of Albany, Ky., will join EKU for the start of the Spring 2007 semester.
“I am confident that this highly accomplished professor, scholar and widely respected administrator is an excellent choice to help lead us in our continued progress toward becoming the leading comprehensive university in Kentucky and an institution of national distinction,” Glasser said.
The selection of Piercey follows an exhaustive national search and a series of campus forums involving each of the five finalists for the position.
“I want to thank the Provost Search Committee, chaired by Dr. David Sefton, for its tireless efforts on behalf of the University,” Glasser said, “and I want to thank Dr. Jim Chapman for his service to Eastern as Interim Provost and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
“I am truly honored to serve as Eastern’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,” Piercey said. “I intend to work hard to justify the trust the University has placed in me.
“Eastern’s dedication to teaching and rich history of service distinguishes it as one of Kentucky’s outstanding regional universities,” he added. “I am anxious to work with Eastern’s faculty, students and staff to ensure that the University’s future is as distinguished as its past.
“I look forward to working with President Glasser and the entire Eastern community as we seek together to advance the University and pursue Eastern’s ambitious Strategic Plan.”
Piercey also taught at the University of Florida, Centre College and Vanderbilt University. He earned a baccalaureate degree, with a double major in mathematics and physics, from Centre College in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1977.
He and his wife, Kasia, have three children, two in college and one a sophomore in high school. A sister graduated from EKU, and many family members continue to reside in Kentucky.