Michigan Tech Provost Accepts Presidency of Canadian University

By Jennifer Donovan | Published

Lesley Lovett-Doust, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University, has accepted the presidency and vice chancellorship of Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. She will be leaving Michigan Tech at the end of June.
"We’re very happy for Lesley,” said Michigan Tech President Glenn D. Mroz. "She’s an exceptionally talented administrator and professor, and we think she will make an excellent university president."

Lovett-Doust joined Michigan Tech in August 2007, coming from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

"I've learned a great deal working here," she said. "The team work and the capacity to collaborate constructively are impressive. Also, we are so lucky to have a Board of Trustees that is eager to explore new ideas and help Tech stay ahead of the curve."

Lovett-Doust was instrumental in developing Michigan Tech’s Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative, which adds 10 faculty annually from a variety of disciplines, working around a research theme. The first SFHI focused on sustainability. The theme of the second is computational discovery and innovation.

Lovett-Doust helped the University get a $500,000 National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to find ways to attract a larger and more diverse pool of highly qualified applicants for tenured and tenure-track faculty and to provide faculty mentoring.

Among her other accomplishments at Michigan Tech was the continued development of a new accreditation process, the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), which enables already-accredited institutions such as Michigan Tech to maintain their accreditation by demonstrating that they are systematically working to improve their performance.

Michigan Technological University is a leading public research university, conducting research, developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, forestry and environmental sciences, computing, technology, business and economics, natural and physical sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.