CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jim Wohlpart has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Northern Iowa, pending official approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Wohlpart is currently dean of Undergraduate Studies and professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University. He will assume his new duties at UNI on May 31.
"Dr. Wohlpart has an extensive background in academic leadership," said UNI President Bill Ruud. "He has engaged and advanced student success and academic excellence through developing special skills, knowledge and ability at Florida Gulf Coast University. I am excited that he will be bringing those skills and expertise to the University of Northern Iowa."
Wohlpart earned his Ph.D. in English and B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University. During his 21 years at Florida Gulf Coast University, Wohlpart held the positions of chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts and associate dean for planning and assessment in the College of Arts and Sciences. He participated in the development of the Liberal Studies degree and the Interdisciplinary Core, and he was instrumental in developing the First Year and Transition Experience.
"I am deeply honored to be joining the faculty, staff and students at the University of Northern Iowa at such an important time in the history of higher education," said Wohlpart. "With its focus on transformative education and rich community partnerships, UNI is a leader in providing innovative learning experiences that prepare students for professional careers, engagement with their communities and lifelong learning. I look forward to joining President Ruud and the UNI community to advance the long trajectory of academic excellence and student success that make this institution a special place."
The provost and executive vice president provides vision for academic excellence, guides the academic planning and assessment of university academic programs, and provides administrative leadership and organization for all the academic components of the university.
Wohlpart replaces Michael Licari, who has served in an interim position since 2014.