John Swallow named provost of the university

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Vice-Chancellor John McCardell announced today that John Swallow, who has been serving this year as acting provost, has agreed to stay at Sewanee beyond his original one-year commitment. Effectively immediately, his title is now provost of the university. Swallow will be formally installed on Founders’ Day in October.

“John brings to this position a record of scholarly accomplishment and teaching excellence. As a member of the Class of 1989, he possesses a knowledge of the university and its traditions. In his current position he has led the university’s strategic planning effort and wrought a seamless transition of administrative responsibilities as Linda Lankewicz laid aside the burdens of office after many years of exemplary service,” said McCardell. “As a member of the University’s senior leadership team, John Swallow will contribute in innumerable and inestimable ways to the bright future that awaits us.”

Swallow was previously the Kimbrough Professor of Mathematics and Humanities at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. He taught in Davidson’s Department of Mathematics beginning in 1994, and in the Humanities Program from 2001. A mathematics and English major at Sewanee, Swallow earned his Ph.D. from Yale University. He was vice chair pro tem of the Davidson faculty (the highest elected faculty office), and served on Sewanee’s Board of Trustees and Board of Regents.

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