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Augustana selects Dr. Gail Summer as provost

Dr. Gail Summer will become Augustana College’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Selected from a broad and deep pool of candidates from across the country, Dr. Summer will replace Dr. Pareena Lawrence, who will become the president of Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., later this year. Dr. Lawrence has served Augustana since 2011.

“We look forward to having Dr. Summer join us as we continue to build on a strong student experience at Augustana,” said President of the College Steve Bahls. “I am very impressed with Dr. Summer, and am fully confident in her ability to lead our academic program.”

Dr. 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, N.C., 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 Dr. Summer will take on 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."

“I really am excited about coming to Augustana. I wanted to be at a place where undergraduate education drove the institution and did so with a liberal-arts foundation still being central,” said Dr. Summer. “The faculty are doing all the right things on behalf of the students.”

Dr. Summer earned her B.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington; her M.Ed. from University of South Carolina, Columbia; and her Ed.D. from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

“We were very impressed by the pool of candidates,” said Dr. Kathy Jakielski, chair of the provost search committee, chair of Augustana’s faculty council, and a professor of communication sciences and disorders. “I am confident that Dr. Summer will bring a great deal of knowledge and ability to Augustana.”

Dr. Summer will begin her role at Augustana in July.


Sam Schlouch, senior communication director

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