UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson today announced that Howard Johnson, who has served as UNT's provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2003, will assume a UNT System-level position effective Feb. 1.
Dr. Johnson, who had advised President Gretchen M. Bataille of his plans to seek a higher education presidency and is a finalist in a presidential search, confirmed in a memorandum to colleagues that he has been in discussions with the chancellor and president about transitioning the Office of the Provost to new leadership.
In the memorandum, e-mailed today, Dr. Johnson says, "UNT now stands at a critical point in its development – one that will demand a long-term commitment from its academic leadership to achieve its strategic goals. At the same time, I stand at a threshold in my own career, where it is important to seek new experiences and perspectives that I can bring to a future presidency."
Jackson says he is pleased Johnson has agreed to work with the UNT System.
"In the coming months, the UNT System will develop improved plans to address state priorities for student access and timely graduation and to enhance the vitality of our articulation agreements between public schools, community colleges and UNT System institutions," he says.
Dr. Johnson also will contribute strategies to improve the effectiveness of System-level planning.
Dr. Bataille has appointed Gary S. Krahenbuhl, formerly senior vice president at Arizona State University, to serve as UNT's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs while the university conducts a national search to fill the position. Krahenbuhl will begin work at UNT on Feb. 1.
As UNT's provost, Johnson led the creation of an Academic Plan, which serves as the cornerstone of the university's Strategic Plan. He also led the completion of the university's current strategic plan, which is deeply rooted in UNT's core values and expands institutional goals for research, internationalization, diversity and collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships.
During Dr. Johnson's term as provost, UNT successfully achieved accreditation reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, certifying that the university meets a prescribed set of rigorous standards in its academic and administrative operations.
As part of the reaffirmation, SACS officially accepted UNT's Quality Enhancement Plan. The QEP, a plan for improving student learning in large classes, is a major step forward in the university's continued efforts to improve its students' educational foundation and classroom experiences. Dr. Johnson also advocated for increases in faculty salaries and graduate student support.
As senior vice president and deputy provost at Arizona State University, Dr. Krahenbuhl worked with ASU's president and campus provosts to oversee the academic activities of four campuses that comprise the institution. ASU, with an enrollment of more than 60,000 students, is now the nation's largest university.
A member of ASU's faculty since 1973, Dr. Krahenbuhl served as dean and associate dean of ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He also served as chair of ASU's Department of Health and Physical Education and as the director of the university's Human Performance Laboratory.
Dr. Krahenbuhl began his higher education career as a member of the University of Hawaii faculty. He taught and coached in Illinois public schools for several years while completing his doctoral education.
Dr. Krahenbuhl was chair of the Incorporating Board of Governors of the Arizona Academy of Sciences and served as the founding chair of its initial board of directors. In 2004, he was appointed by the governor to the Arizona Biomedical Commission.
He has held a number of leadership positions in national professional organizations, serving as President of the 580-member Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Convener of the Council for the Arts and Sciences in Urban Universities. Dr. Krahenbuhl also served as President of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the most prestigious professional organization in his discipline.
The author of Building the Academic Deanship, Dr. Krahenbuhl is respected nationally for his expertise in the areas of faculty roles and rewards, the impact of technology on higher education, building public support for universities, leadership and administrative team building, and faculty development through post-tenure review.
Dr. Krahenbuhl earned his bachelor's and master's of science in education from Northern Illinois University and his doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado. He has more than 80 academic publications and is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.