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Alan Utter to Step Down as ASU Provost

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Arkansas State University on Wednesday announced that Alan Utter is stepping down as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and research at the end of the semester.

Utter is returning to a faculty appointment in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences, the university said in a news release. He’ll take a sabbatical during the spring 2023 semester to prepare for his return to the classroom.

In a statement, Utter said his return to the classroom is “my decision.” 

Chancellor Todd Shields, who joined the university in August, will serve as acting provost while plans for a search committee are finalized and the university decides whether to appoint an interim provost.

“We thank Alan for his work here at Arkansas State, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Shields said.

Utter joined the university in Jonesboro in April 2019 following two years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. He previously held the position of vice provost for research at Appalachian State University.  

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