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Source: Ruth Dyer, 785-532-6226,
Pronouncer: Niehoff is KNEE-HOFF
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Thursday, July 9, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Brian Niehoff, head of Kansas State University's department of management, has accepted the position of interim associate provost, and will assume this new role beginning July 13.

He succeeds Ruth Dyer, who served as associate provost for five years before accepting her current position as interim provost position.

"I know that Dr. Niehoff will do a tremendous job in his new role and will be a great asset to the office of the provost," Dyer said.

Niehoff joined K-State in 1988 as an assistant professor of management in the College of Business Administration and has served as department head of management since August 2001. 

Niehoff has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and presented dozens of professional papers. Among his many awards and honors are K-State Adviser of the Year, 2007-2008, from the office of student activities and services; Ralph Reitz Award for Outstanding Teaching; Cargill Faculty Fellow and director of Cargill Ethics Speaker Series; Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award; four-time winner of the Graduate Students' Professor of the Semester Award; Outstanding Contribution in Research, College of Business Administration; and Conoco Outstanding Teaching Award.

He earned his bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College in Indiana and his MBA and Ph.D. from Indiana University.

The interim associate provost serves as the senior adviser to the provost on academic issues, policy development and gender issues. The individual also coordinates academic initiatives with the Kansas Board of Regents, such as annual university performance agreements; program review process and new degree program submissions and approvals; directs the university accreditation processes; and serves as chair or member of various university committees and task forces. In addition, the interim associate provost provides assistance to the provost with administrative appeals, coordinates academic issues related to the university's general-use classrooms, manages the budget for replacement of equipment in the technology classrooms. Responsibilities also include oversight of the offices of planning and analysis, assessment and summer school, with responsibilities that include personnel hiring, supervision and evaluation and budget authority.