University of North Dakota Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul LeBel has notified President Robert Kelley of his intent to leave the position effective June 30, 2013.
“Paul has done an excellent job during his tenure as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost,” said UND President Robert Kelley. “He stepped in when the University needed a Provost and VPAA on short notice, and he has been an outstanding member of the University leadership. I regret losing his valuable contributions, but I understand his desire to pursue other interests, and am thankful that he has agreed to remain in the Provost position until a successor is named.”
Kelley said LeBel will continue to be an important part of the leadership team and will be fully engaged with the University community throughout the next fiscal year.
“Paul will continue to have my full confidence and support,” said Kelley. “Paul will play a critical role during the budgeting process and during the legislative session next spring. He also will continue to provide oversight and guidance as we continue to move forward on the Exceptional UND initiatives with a fully engaged UND community. I know that the University community will work with Paul to the fullest to advance the mission of the University.”
Kelley said he appreciated the timing of the notification, 15 months ahead of the effective date, which will enable the University to conduct a search and carry out an orderly transition. President Kelley said he will be engaging in conversations across the University community, and said the University will conduct a national search to fill the position.
Paul LeBel’s letter to President Robert Kelley:
March 26, 2012
Dr. Robert O. Kelley
President, University of North Dakota
264 Centennial Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58202
I am writing to give you formal notice of my intent to leave the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective in the summer of 2013. At that time, I will be well into the fifth year of service in the position.
I am, and will remain, grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to serve the university in this role. I’ve learned a great deal, and hope that my service as Provost has had a positive impact on the school. I also have enjoyed immensely working with the talented and dedicated people who make up our leadership team. The accomplishments of our faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni are enormous, and it is a privilege to be able to interact with our campus community as a university administrator.
This notice is being provided to you at this time so that the University can conduct a careful search for someone to fill the position. During my remaining time as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, I continue to be committed to giving you and the university my best efforts as we advance along the trajectory toward an Exceptional UND.
With respect and gratitude,
Paul A. LeBel, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs