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Childs Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at FSU

Childs Named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at FSU

Dr. William Childs, who has served as interim provost at Frostburg State University since summer 2013, has been named to the position of provost and vice president for Academic Affairs by FSU President Jonathan Gibralter.

“Dr. Childs brings to this position years of administrative expertise and has provided valuable and steady leadership amid a period of positive and significant change for Frostburg State University,” Gibralter said. “He is a strategic thinker who works collaboratively with faculty, deans and department chairs. In a very short time, his administrative style has been incredibly impressive and an asset to us all. This is a critical time for this University, as we are just beginning the process of Middle States reaccreditation.”

During his service as interim provost, Childs began the work of developing new programs while reviewing current ones. “This appointment provides the needed momentum to create a sustainable and well-integrated retention, academic advisement and student success model for FSU,” Gibralter said.

Childs, who was previously associate dean of the College of Education, came to FSU in 2001 after 30 years in public education in Virginia. He coordinated the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary/P-12 program and the Master of Education concentration in Administration and Supervision. Childs served an important role in the development, approval and launching of the Doctor of Education program, as well as in the preparation of successful national accreditation reports. He also played a key part in the submission to the state of Maryland of the proposal for a new Education Professions and Health Sciences building, which has been included in the Governor’s Capital Improvement Plan for the first time this year.

Childs will fill the position previously held by Dr. Stephen Simpson who returned to the faculty at FSU and is now a professor in the Department of Political Science.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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