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FSU Leader Named MU’s Next Provost

Garnett Stokes supports students and builds on research strengths.

Garnett Stokes Mizzou

Garnett Stokes started her new gig as MU’s provost Feb. 2. Photo by Rob Hill.

Garnett Stokes of Florida State University started work as MU’s provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs Feb. 2, 2015.

During a public forum last fall in Lefevre Hall, Stokes presented herself as a collaborator, straight talker and careful decision-maker who understands the importance of membership in the Association of American Universities and of rewarding faculty for their accomplishments.

I am delighted that I emerged as the person chosen to help Missouri achieve what it wants to accomplish,” Stokes says.

Since August 2011, Stokes has served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State, a public research university in Tallahassee. In 2014, from April to November, she was also interim president.

Stokes earned a doctorate in 1982 in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Georgia. Three years later, she joined the Georgia faculty. From 1999 to 2004, she led Georgia’s psychology department, then was named dean of its Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, a position she held for seven years.

During spring semester at MU, Stokes is conducting a listening tour. “My goal is get to know the campus,” Stokes says. “I will dig deep to learn where Missouri is and where we need to go.”