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New provost appointed for next year

Michael Hammond accepts provost position

Dean of Humanities, Art and Biblical Studies Michael Hammond hopes to prioritize servant leadership in his new role as provost. (Photograph provided by Michael Hammond)

Dean of Humanities, Art and Biblical Studies Michael Hammond hopes to prioritize servant leadership in his new role as provost. (Photograph provided by Michael Hammond)

By Hannah Stumpf | Echo

Michael Hammond, dean of the School of Humanities, Art and Biblical Studies, will replace Provost Jeff Moshier effective June 1.

Moshier was recruited in 2012 by President Emeritus Eugene Habecker to fulfill the role as provost. For Mosier, one of the most challenging parts of being provost is trying to meet the need of the entire university with limited resources.

“It is a great honor to be asked to serve Taylor in this role. In my work as dean, I have tried to serve faculty members and students by helping them to thrive in their calling to Christian service through the academic life,” Hammond said. “In the provost role, I will continue that emphasis on ‘loving God with all of our mind’ while helping to build camaraderie and goodwill on campus.”

Hammond hopes to harmonize academics and discipleship and prioritize servant leadership.

Moshier’s most rewarding experience as provost has been recruiting new faculty and helping equip them for their ministry roles. As of this year, Moshier will have recruited 67 full-time faculty members. Moshier also takes pride in the university’s positive preliminary report from the accreditation team that visited campus in March.

Moshier and President P. Lowell Haines have been helping prepare Hammond for his new role as provost.

“Dr. Hammond is a wonderful colleague,” Moshier said. “I was thrilled to recruit him back to Taylor. He will be an excellent provost. I think God has been preparing him for this role for his entire life.”

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