COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Dr. Scott Tollison has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at Mississippi University for Women.

“The W is fortunate indeed to have Dr. Scott Tollison serve as provost and vice president for academic affairs. His experience, background and skills have proved to be an excellent fit for this position, and he will put these to use in advancement of the vision, mission and principles of The W,” said Nora Miller, president of The W.

Tollison, who has served in an interim capacity since 2018, was one of three finalists named by the Provost Search Committee following a national search. Finalists participated in campus visits and open forums to faculty, staff and administration. The search committee reconvened to consider evaluations and input before submitting a summary to President Miller. Dr. David Brooking, director of the Student Success Center and Title III Project, led the campus search committee.

“The opportunity to make a contribution to The W’s incredible team of faculty, staff and students is the greatest honor of my professional career. It is a privilege that I accept with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of appreciation,” said Tollison.

Tollison will begin his new duties July 1, 2019. The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

The provost and vice president for academic affairs is the University's second-ranking administrator that reports directly to the president and is responsible for the development and management of the academic divisions and the academic support services.

Tollison said, “We will continue the work of identifying and providing access to every student who might benefit from the high-quality educational experience that is The W. Through this work, we can make a profound impact not only on our students, but also the region, the state and ultimately, the world.”

Tollison served as the dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies from 2012-2018. Prior to being named dean, he was business chair for three years. Under the guidance of Tollison, the college had 33% enrollment growth and a 54% increase in the number of degrees awarded. He was instrumental in establishing the Health Care Management program and Master of Business Administration Program.

During his tenure with the college, eight community college partnerships were announced. Additionally, the college fielded its first American Mock Trial Association team and the legal studies program was re-approved in 2017 by the American Bar Association.

Tollison has served on the President’s Cabinet since 2018. He is the co-chair for the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council and a member of the Enrollment Management Council and Administrative Council. Tollison served as faculty athletics representative from 2017-2018. He was awarded the Business and Legal Studies Co-Faculty Member of the Year in 2012.

His professional affiliations include being an honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Society of Leadership and Success and Delta Mu Delta. He also completed the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy in 2014.

In the community, he served on the Board of Directors for the Columbus Arts Council from 2014-2018. Tollison also is involved with the Columbus Exchange Club and was an Honorary Commander of the 14th Medical Support Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base. In 2017, he was named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 50 under 40. He previously served on the Board of Advisors with the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance.

Tollison, a West Point native, holds an undergraduate and a master’s degree in business information systems from Mississippi State University. He received his doctoral degree from MSU in 2009.

May 30, 2019
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