UMKC Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer has been appointed executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of Kansas. Bichelmeyer’s last day at UMKC will be Jan. 24, 2020.
In a letter to campus about her new appointment, UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal said the university will move expediently to conduct a national search for a new provost to succeed Bichelmeyer, who accomplished much in her more than four years at the university.
“Together, we have achieved great momentum at UMKC in recent years as we strive to propel our university to the top ranks of public, urban research universities,” Agrawal said. “I don’t want to miss a beat — and I know you share my desire to see that progress continue.”
Jennifer Lundgren will serve as interim provost, assisted by Diane Filion as interim deputy provost.
Initiatives Bichelmeyer helped form and champion at UMKC include RooStrong, a student-success model that helps students on their journeys from first interaction to completion, and a Culture of Caring to treat each UMKC student, faculty and staff as a family member. She has been leading the years-long process of reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, which conducted its site visit this month.
Bichelmeyer was appointed UMKC provost in 2015, and went on to serve as interim chancellor in 2017 following Leo Morton’s retirement, earning her the nickname “chovost.” She had come to UMKC from Indiana University, where she had worked in a number of leadership roles including interim chancellor of Indiana University Southeast and, most recently before joining UMKC, as executive associate vice president for university academic affairs and senior director of the office of online education at Indiana University in Bloomington.
In her upcoming role at KU, because Bichelmeyer “was born and raised in Kansas and earned four degrees from KU, it’s not a surprise that the institution has always held a piece of her heart,” Agrawal said. “I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role at our neighboring university, and to the new and innovative collaborations that may arise from it.”