The Citadel names new provost
A scholar and top administrator from the State University of New York system has been named The Citadel's new provost. Donald A. Steven will take over as provost and dean of the college effective July 1, according to Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds, president of The Citadel.
Steven brings to The Citadel broad experience as an
Steven succeeds Harry S. Carter who will join The Citadel School of Business Administration faculty.
In his current position as executive vice-provost for academic affairs, Steven is responsible for the planning, development and evaluation of academic activities across the 64-campus SUNY system. He has worked to improve communications, maintain academic standards and improve opportunities for economically and educationally disadvantaged students.
Steven's 30-year career in higher education includes significant achievements in scholarship, planning, admissions and fundraising. An award-winning composer whose works have been performed on four continents, Steven earned his Ph.D. and M.F.A. in composition from Princeton University. He also holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Steven said The Citadel's traditions and commitment to high academic standards and character development attracted him to the college. "As a nation we are so much stronger when our leaders have the intellect, integrity, resilience and determination to lead by example," he said.
Steven said he is looking forward to his new life at a military college. "As the father of a soldier, I am particularly aware that our armed forces deserve not only our support, they deserve our unqualified admiration," he said. "Our men and women in uniform represent the finest ideals of professionalism, dedication and sacrifice. And I think we salute their service by leading honorable lives, by exhibiting a generous spirit and by striving to excel."
A faculty search committee praised Steven for his extensive experience in higher education and his "particular strengths in the area of assessment," according to Search Committee Chairman Al Finch. Steven was selected from 78 applicants for the position.