ONEONTA, N.Y. -- SUNY Oneonta has announced the appointment of Dr. Evelyn Maria Thompson as its next provost and vice president of academic affairs. She will take her post over the summer. Her appointment follows a national search that began last year.
“Dr. Thompson was selected from an incredibly talented, diverse and accomplished field of candidates,” said SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski. “She’s extremely well qualified and I am delighted to have a former instructor return to campus as provost.”
Early in her career, Dr. Thompson was an instructor at SUNY Oneonta before moving on to the University of Kentucky where she was an assistant professor. Dr. Thompson currently is vice president of research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State University in Nashville, where she has served in various positions since 1998.
As provost, Dr. Thompson will ensure the overall integrity of SUNY Oneonta’s curricular program and lead all academic departments, the Milne Library, and several administrative offices in support of our mission. She will succeed Dr. F. Daniel Larkin, who last year announced his intent to retire from the position of provost and return to the college’s History Department.
“I’m grateful to Dr. Larkin for his service to the college as provost,” said President Kleniewski. “His decision to remain with us as a member of our faculty demonstrates the passion for teaching, learning and scholarship that he brings to our campus.”
Dr. Thompson earned a Ph.D. in textile science and textile economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a master’s degree in textiles from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Tennessee State University. Her extensive research portfolioincludes two current projects funded by the National Science Foundation worth more than $1.4 million. She also has received funding for research from the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the federal departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Energy.