Dr. Gail Summer has been chosen as Augustana College’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs.

She will replace Dr. Pareena Lawrence, who will become the president of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, later this year. Lawrence has served Augustana since 2011.

Summer has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Ferrum College in Virginia since 2013. Prior to her time at Ferrum, she served in various capacities at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, ranging from professor of education to the dean of academic programs. Augustana and Lenoir-Rhyne are two of the 26 colleges and universities related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Among the important projects Summer will take on in her role as provost are the conversion of the college’s academic calendar from trimesters to semesters and the continued implementation of the college’s strategic plan, Augustana 2020.

She  will begin her new role at Augustana in July.

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