The University of West Georgia is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Horvath will become its next provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Horvath is currently professor and dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend. He has worked as a dean of education in public, regional institutions for the past 15 years, including as professor and dean of the School of Education at Missouri Southern State University and professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Bradley University.
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Michael Horvath to the University of West Georgia,” said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. “He comes to UWG after a distinguished career with increasing scope of responsibility, and I am looking forward to working with him on our journey to become a destination university.”
Horvath serves on several boards, including the advisory board of Scientific Journals International, and is a member of numerous professional groups in Indiana, including the Governors Working Group on Teacher Preparation, the Notre Dame K-12 Education Collaborative Council and the board of directors for New School Inc.
He holds a doctorate in learning-disability and educational administration from the University of Arizona, as well as a master’s degree from Indiana University South Bend and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.
Horvath will begin his duties at UWG on July 1, succeeding Dr. Peter Hoff, who came out of retirement to take the post on an interim basis in July as the search for a permanent provost was conducted. Hoff will return to retirement but said that he enjoyed working with the university’s senior leadership over the past year. Sethna said Hoff provided “exceptional service to UWG – his work is invaluable, and we continue to be enriched by it.”