University of West Georgia’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Micheal Crafton will join the University System of Georgia on a temporary assignment as the interim Chief Academic Officer, Executive Vice Chancellor. Effective July 1, the appointment will last up to 12 months through the 2016-2017 academic year.

"It is no surprise that they would call up for service our distinguished Provost,” Micheal Crafton, said UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero.  “Micheal has been a thought leader in the University System for innovative curriculum delivery and now leading the System efforts with the LEAP initiative.  I will miss our daily banter but I know he is only a phone call away and still part of the USG team."

Through the creation of policies and collaborative work, USG’s Academic Affairs division advises and provides leadership on all academic-related areas to the members of the system. Its 13 departments manage academic programs, faculty development and affairs, library services, strategic planning, student affairs, international and extended education programs and the Georgia Archives

The executive vice chancellor/chief academic officer is responsible for meeting the academic needs of more than 318,000 students and approximately 13,300 University System faculty members.

Crafton has served in his role with UWG since 2014. Prior to that he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Clayton State University. Crafton began his career as an assistant professor of English at UWG in 1987 and has held several roles, including associate vice president for academic affairs and acting vice president for academic affairs. He has also taught several classes at Clayton State and West Georgia.

“Micheal is well suited to be the system's interim chief academic officer,” said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby in the official memo. “We are excited for him to step in while Dr. Houston Davis is at the helm of Kennesaw State University.”

Crafton received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Nashville and his master's and doctor of philosophy from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

For 20 years, he was an annual bibliographer for The New Chaucer Society and its annual publication Studies in the Age of Chaucer. He currently serves as treasurer for the Southeastern Medieval Society, and at West Georgia, he has lead the academic affairs implementation of Marrero's leadership development initiative - Engage West.

During this interim period, Associate Provost Myrna Gantner will assume the duties of Interim Provost.  Gantner has been part of the day-to-day operations of the Provost's Office, served as the Board of Regents liaison for all academic polices and programmatic updates, has worked hand-in-hand with senior leadership on all major initiatives, and has worked closely with Faculty Senate.  

Posted on July 8, 2016