Eastern Michigan University has named Rhonda Longworth its new provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs.

She officially starts her new position April 21, according to the university, pending board of regents approval.

Longworth, a professor of political science, had served in that post as interim provost since January 2016, according to the university. She was selected after a national search, EMU said.

Longworth has worked at EMU since 1994, when she began as an assistant professor of political science.

“Dr. Longworth has distinguished herself in every phase of her career,” EMU President James Smith said in a release. “Her extensive experience and deep understanding of Eastern’s mission through her years of service in multiple leadership roles represent a defining characteristic. She will continue to be an outstanding leader and strong advocate for the university and our students, faculty and staff in the years ahead.”

Longworth will earn a yearly salary of $285,000.

The university said in a news release that Longworth will lead the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and its more than 200 degree programs in five colleges: Arts and Sciences; Health and Human Services; Business, Education and Technology; the honors college; and graduate school.

She’ll also oversee academic advising, career services, retention and community college relations and will guide student affairs operations including the offices of campus life, student well-being, residence life, and diversity and community involvement, the news release said.

Her previous roles at the school include Women's Studies Director; Political Science department head; assistant vice president (interim) of Academic Affairs; and assistant vice president (interim) of Academic Human Resources and Divisional Budget.

Longworth earned her doctorate in political science from the University of Iowa in 1996. Her research includes determinants of successful executive leadership with a focus on electoral and legislative arenas and the politics of gender, according to EMU’s website.

“Eastern's mission as a public institution providing excellence, access and opportunity resonates deeply with me,” Longworth said in the release. “Our committed faculty, staff and leadership team serve and inspire students day in, day out with their dedication and commitment.”

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