In this June 2010 file photo, Wright State University Provost Thomas A. Sukhamp, then president of the WSU faculty, speaks during speaks during commencement at the Nutter Center in Fairborn.
A top Wright State University administrator has announced that he will resign his leadership post in June.
Provost Tom Sudkamp as served as provost and vice president for curriculum at WSU since 2015 and he will leave the office on June 30, he told the university in a campus-wide email on Wednesday. Sudkamp has not said whether he plans to officially retire, return to a faculty position or look for a new job.
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“I am making this announcement now so that a search can take place for my successor during the spring semester,” Sudkamp said via email. “This will ensure a smooth transition as President (Cheryl) Schrader builds her leadership team.”
Schrader became Wright State’s seventh president in July. The provost job will become her second major hire at the university.
In August, she hired Walt Branson on as vice president for finance and operations and chief business officer. Branson worked with Schrader at her previous institution, the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
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Sudkamp in 2015 replaced then-provost Sundaram Narayanan, who was removed amid a federal investigation into the university’s work visa program. Sudkamp said he accepted the job with the goals of restoring confidence in the university’s ethics and helping to navigate Wright State’s budget problems.
In June, Wright State slashed more than $30.8 million from its fiscal year 2018 budget in an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending that drained the school’s reserve fund.
“I would like to thank the staff, faculty, and administration who worked tirelessly during this time for their commitment and support in helping achieve these goals,” Sudkamp wrote in the email. “It has been and, until July, will continue to be an honor to serve the university as the provost.”
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At Wright State, Sudkamp has served as a faculty member and chairman of the department of computer science and engineering, three terms as president of the WSU faculty, associate provost for undergraduate studies and interim provost. He moved to the Dayton area for a research and development position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and in 1982 began teaching computer science at Wright State, according to a biography on the university’s website.
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