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Ypsilanti – Eastern Michigan University has named a longtime political science professor and administrator as the school’s interim provost.

The school announced Thursday that Rhonda Longworth will assume her new duties Jan. 8 in place of provost Kim Schatzel, who is leaving EMU to become president of Towson University in Maryland.

Longworth, who has been at EMU for 21 years, has been associate provost and associate vice president for academic programs and support since 2011.

“Dr. Longworth has made many outstanding contributions to Eastern since her arrival in 1994 as an assistant professor of political science,” Schatzel said in a statement.

Schatzel also has been serving as EMU’s interim president since July, when then-president Susan Martin stepped down. EMU plans to name an interim president “in the coming weeks” and is searching for a permanent president.

Also Thursday, Schatzel said a second EMU official will be given additional duties on an interim basis. James Carroll, associate provost and associate vice president for administration, will oversee the university’s Institutional Research and Information Management office; the Honors College; the Faculty Development Center, and the Graduate School/Office of Research Development.

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