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Andrews Chosen to Fill Vice Provost Grelle’s Role Upon His Retirement

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 19, 2015) – After dedicating nearly 25 years to teaching and serving in administrative capacities in the University of Central Missouri’s Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, Kim Andrews, Ph.D., is taking on a new position. Effective July 1, she will become vice provost for academic programs and services at UCM.

Andrews’ appointment was announced today by Deborah Curtis, provost-chief learning officer, following a search process to fill a post that has been served by Mike Grelle, who is retiring.

Kim Andrews
Dr. Kim Andrews

“We are sincerely pleased that Dr. Andrews has accepted this important position here at UCM,” Curtis said. “Academic Programs and Services is an area of focus on our campus that is crucial to the success of our students.  I am confident that Dr. Andrews will provide outstanding leadership in this area.”

  She added, “We are truly indebted to Dr. Mike Grelle for his leadership for many years in this division.  His will be big shoes to fill, but we are confident that Dr. Andrews is up to the challenge.”

Andrews, who resides in Kansas City, has served since August 2014 as interim associate dean for the Harmon College. Among her responsibilities, she supervises advising and recruitment functions, and administers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree admission process. She also leads the business college’s Learning Assurance Committee. 

The professor of economics climbed the faculty ranks at UCM after coming to campus in 1990 to teach as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, Finance, and Marketing. In addition to her years of classroom experience, Andrews served as director of the Center for Business and Economic Research from May 1995 to July 1999, and was associate dean for the Harmon College from July 1999 to July 2002.

Her accomplishments include successfully leading the college’s reaffirmation activities with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. She effectively built consensus across college departments to establish an initial plan that was used by architects for the design of classrooms and computer laboratories in the Ward Edwards Building. She also was an integral part of establishing the college’s assessment process, and successfully coordinated assessment of the college’s Master of Business Administration program.

Commenting on her new position, Andrews noted, “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to serve the campus. Dr. Grelle has indeed left some big shoes to fill. I am fortunate to have such a wonderful team to help as I begin this new adventure at UCM.”

Andrews’ educational background includes a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics and a Master of Science in Economics degree from Oklahoma State University. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

One of five vice provosts, the vice provost for academic programs and services  provides leadership in the areas of institutional accreditation, implementation and documentation of the university’s assessment model, administration and evaluation of the General Education Program, institutional engagement with and reporting requirements to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, maintenance of the Academic Policy and Procedure, and collaborative curriculum development for Missouri Innovation Campus programs. The vice provost also serves as a member of, or the provost’s liaison to, multiple standing committees and stands in for the provost and president in multiple settings as needed. Reporting directly to this position are: Testing Services, Institutional Research, Military and Veterans Success Center, Center for Teaching and Learning , Graduate Studies and International Admissions, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Institutional Research Board, and the General Education Coordinator.