Wright State names new provost from Toledo

Wright State University named Amy Thompson as the university’s new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the first permanent provost since the end of 2019.

Thompson will start June 1, succeeding Oliver Evans. Evans has served as interim provost since 2021. The last permanent provost was current Wright State president Susan Edwards, who was promoted to president at the beginning of 2020, and two interim provosts have served in the role since then.

Thompson is the senior vice provost of academic affairs and acting dean of the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Toledo.

“Dr. Thompson brings an energy and enthusiasm to the work of the Office of Provost,” Edwards said.

Edwards highlighted Thompson’s leadership background, diverse academic experience and focus on students.

“Dr. Thompson’s strong student-centric focus is complemented by her commitment to academic achievement,” Edwards said. “This combination will be sure to enhance our efforts supporting student success.”

The university began its search for a new provost last fall. The university appointed Evans, the current interim provost, last February. Previously, Douglas Leaman served as the interim provost beginning in December 2019. He left Wright State in February 2021 for a new job as the dean of the College of Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery.

An 18-member committee of faculty, staff members, administrators and students led the four-month search for the university’s next provost. Thompson was one of four finalists who visited Wright State last month to interview with for the position.

“After visiting campus, it is evident that Wright State provides a transformative experience for students and contributes to the development of the region,” Thompson said. “To me, there’s no greater calling than to expand educational opportunities and access for everyone and to improve where you live.”

Thompson has more than 11 years of administrative experience in higher education. She started at the University of Toledo in 2008 and served as senior vice provost of academic affairs at the University of Toledo since August 2020 and acting dean of the College of Graduate Studies since July 2021.

She previously was an assistant professor of health education at Kent State University and Mississippi State University. Thompson was also the director of education and research at the Ohio Coalition in Toledo.