Having served the University of Central Missouri since 2012, Dr. Mike Godard became Interim Provost-Chief Academic Officer at the University of Central Missouri Jan. 1, 2018.
As interim provost, Godard plays a vital leadership role in assessing the university’s current position, building collegial consensus around a compelling vision for the future, and guiding development of creative initiative. His responsibilities are associated with the entire learning environment at UCM, and include the academic experience, Student Experience and Engagement, and Enrollment Management.
Godard became Vice Provost for Enrollment Management in July 2015, where his responsibilities included supervising the directors of the offices of Admissions, Student Financial Assistance, Graduate and International Student Services, and Registrar to ensure the university delivers quality student services and meets its enrollment targets. Prior to that, he was chair of the Department of Kinesiology, overseeing undergraduate and graduate programs and faculty members in athletic training, physical education pedagogy, exercise science, community health, pre-physical therapy and occupational therapy, sport management and dietetics programs in the College of Health, Science and Technology.
Prior to joining UCM, Godard worked for Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., where he held faculty positions as assistant professor and associate professor of exercise physiology from August 2006 to July 2012. His professional education experience also includes service at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where he was a faculty associate at the Gerontology Center, as well as director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory and assistant professor of exercise physiology, and adjunct faculty member between June 2002 and May 2006. Additional service in higher education includes work at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.; University of Southern Maine, Gorham; and University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
Godard has developed skills as a leader and in strategic planning not only through his work in higher education but through his roles in a number of professional organizations. This includes service as president-elect, president, and past-president for Central States American College of Sports Medicine, and president and executive team member of the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine, where he was a member of the board.Godard earned his doctorate in human bioenergetics at Ball State University; master’s degree in exercise physiology at Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.; and bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vt.