Former Dean promoted to be USI’s next provost

Mohammad Khayum has been appointed to become the university’s next provost effective Jan. 1, 2019. Khayum was serving as the interim provost after the position was left vacant when former provost Ronald Rochon was named as USI’s fourth president.

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Mohammad Khayum has been appointed to become the university’s next provost effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Among the four candidates who sought to become USI’s next provost, Khayum was the only in-house candidate running for the position.

President Rochon made the announcement official on Dec. 14 following a nationwide provost search which was chaired by Vice President for Development, David Bower.

“Dr. Khayum has a body of work and strategic mind that has earned the respect of USI faculty, staff and students,” Rochon stated in a press release. “He is a student-centered administrator and his love for USI is evident. I am confident in his immediate impact and future contributions to advance our mission and achieve our goals.”

President Ronald Rochon previously told The Shield that he was hopeful to receive a recommendation of a candidate by the end of the semester, but plans would be to introduce a candidate by the spring.

Khayum will serve as the chief academic officer and oversee Student Affairs and Outreach and Engagement. In his new role, Khayum will work to enhance the university’s academic programs, support the faculty and engage with the student body.

He will also work to collaborate with other Indiana higher education institutions as well as the community to help advance the university.

Khayum first joined the university in 1991 as a professor. He has since served as a department chair and associate dean, and has served as the dean of the Romain College of Business since 2006.

In his 12 years serving as Dean, Kayum has “ twice led the extension of the College’s business and accounting accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 2008 and 2014, oversaw the creation of an accelerated Master of Business Administration Program and worked to establish the Romain College of Business Innovative Speaker Series,” the press release said.

Khayum has taught courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels focusing on global economics, statistics, and macroeconomics. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Guyana, and master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Temple University in Pennsylvania.

Brian McGuire, an accounting professor, is currently the interim dean of the Romain College of Business and a national search for the position of dean will commence in the spring.

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