Michigan State University welcomed Teresa K. Woodruff as its new provost on Aug. 1. She was named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs by MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., on April 27.
Woodruff most recently served as dean of the graduate school and associate provost for graduate education at Northwestern University. Widely recognized for her commitments to teaching and mentoring, and as an advocate for women in science, she looks forward to working collaboratively to advance student success; campus diversity, equity and inclusion; academic excellence; and world-changing research at Michigan State University.
“I am excited about the work ahead and committed to supporting the aspirations of our diverse community of scholars and the broader goals of MSU,” said Woodruff. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made physical modifications to the ways we teach, conduct research, pursue scholarship, and interact, but MSU’s land-grant mission and purpose are strong and persistent and I believe the MSU community is similarly strong and persistent. I look forward to beginning our work together.”
Woodruff’s first month will include orientations, introductions and meetings. She succeeds Thomas D. Jeitschko who served as acting provost for the month of July.