Auburn University provost honored with retirement celebration

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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger’s retirement from Auburn University was celebrated at a reception Jan. 18 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. During the event, Boosinger was named Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus.

Boosinger was named provost in 2012 after serving as interim provost for a year. Working with the university’s stakeholders, Boosinger has implemented multiple programs and initiatives that have strengthened the institution’s capacities and advanced its land-grant mission.

He led the successful reaffirmation of the university’s accreditation by the SACS Commission on Colleges in 2013 and coordinated the development and implementation of the university’s 2013-18 Strategic Plan. Additional accomplishments include significant increases in the university’s graduation and retention rates; the development and implementation of the institution’s strategic budget initiative; creation of the university’s first strategic faculty hiring initiative designed to advance Auburn’s interdisciplinary research; efforts to enhance the campus climate to better promote the institution’s values of inclusion and diversity; and more than $220 million in new and updated academic facilities.

Boosinger joined the Auburn faculty in 1983 as an assistant professor of pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. After a decade of service to the university’s teaching and research mission, he was named associate dean for academic affairs in 1993 and served as dean of the college from 1995 to 2011. Under his leadership, Boosinger articulated a strategic vision for the college to become one of the top veterinary schools in the nation.

His education includes a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1976 and a doctorate in pathology in 1983, both from Purdue University.

Bill Hardgrave, former dean of Auburn’s Harbert College of Business, began his tenure as Boosinger’s successor on Jan. 1.

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