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Provost Doug Knerr

Douglas Knerr named executive vice president and university provost

Posted: 03/28/2013
Douglas Knerr has been appointed executive vice president and university provost of Roosevelt University, effective May 4.  He succeeds James Gandre who was appointed president of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Knerr, currently provost of Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus, “has extensive knowledge of Roosevelt University and the issues facing higher education, making him the ideal person to lead the next phase of the University’s advancement,” said Roosevelt University President Chuck Middleton.

“Doug is a thoughtful, dedicated and entrepreneurial leader who engages all members of our community in the success of the enterprise.  He welcomes new ideas, seeks to create pathways for the success of others and is deeply committed to teaching and learning,” Middleton added.

“I'm humbled and honored to serve Roosevelt as executive vice president and university provost,” Knerr said. “Throughout my career at Roosevelt I've been inspired by a community that authentically lives our values and advances our legacy. Roosevelt is a special place and I have been privileged to work with some of the most talented and dedicated people I have known throughout my career. I look forward to continuing to be inspired by my colleagues each and every day.”

Since joining Roosevelt in 1998 as an assistant professor of social sciences, Knerr has taught and held key administrative positions for Roosevelt in Chicago, Schaumburg and Online.  He has been actively involved in the major issues facing Roosevelt during the past several years.
A highly respected professor and talented academic leader, Knerr helped establish Roosevelt’s successful online program, RUOnline.  He also led the development of the Schaumburg Campus as an intellectual hub for the northwest suburbs with new models of student service and as a site for best practices in sustainable living, as the transfer partner of choice for the surrounding community colleges and as a burgeoning leader in the growing health care sector there.
During his tenure as the founding Schaumburg Campus provost, Knerr strengthened or created new relationships with important organizations in the northwest suburbs. For example, he helped launch the regional community economic development entity, supported a new partnership for combating domestic violence and working in close collaboration with deans and faculty members, signed more than 95 innovative dual degree programs during the last 12 months.
As associate provost for academic programs and distance learning and as vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, Knerr worked hand-in-hand with faculty members on assessment, accreditation, professional development, RUOnline, summer session, faculty searches and the process of promotion and tenure.

He also served as interim dean of the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies and as a social sciences faculty member in the Professional and Liberal Studies program. He is the author of two books and received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati.