Wayne Vaught will be stepping down as the College of Arts and Sciences academic dean effective June 1. After serving an eight-year term at UMKC,
Vaught’s last official activity at UMKC will be the Spring Commencement on May 18.
Vaught announced his resignation in an email sent to UMKC faculty and staff. Also in the email, Vaught announced he has accepted a position at Utah Valley University as the provost and vice president of academic affairs. At UVU, Vaught will replace Jeffrey Olson, who is retiring over the summer.
“UVU is a unique institution,” Vaught said. “I am excited about the new professional opportunities and challenges the position brings. It wasn’t an easy decision, as I have really enjoyed UMKC and serving as dean.”
Vaught looks forward to advancing the dual mission at UVU, which serves as a joint community and university.
In the coming days, the Provost will announce who will fill in as interim dean while a search committee conducts a national search to find a permanent replacement. Vaught said the provost will meet with key stakeholders to determine the most important characteristics of the new dean.
After his departure, Vaught hopes UMKC will become recognized as one of the top tier public urban institutions in the nation.
“I am really going to miss all of the wonderful people that I had the good fortune of working with for so many years,” Vaught said. “I’ve learned effective ways of engaging students, the importance and effectiveness of shared governance and how to manage limited resources. I will be able to use those same skills to advance the mission of the university in the role of provost at UVU.”