Caboni supports provost after Snyder’s resignation

President Timothy Caboni speaks on the university’s 2018-2028 strategic plan, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Regents during its meeting on Friday.

Jeremy Chisenhall

WKU President Timothy Caboni showed his support to Provost Terry Ballman in an email to the university’s Board of Regents following Larry Snyder’s resignation. The email was obtained by the Herald through an open records request.

“I cannot go into details around Larry’s resignation because it is a personnel matter and we don’t discuss those publicly no matter the interest,” Caboni said in the email. “However, you should know that every dean serves at the pleasure of the provost and that it is in her discretion to make a change in academic personnel, for whatever reason she deems appropriate.”

Snyder had been the dean of Potter College of Arts and Letters since August 2015. 

Snyder’s resignation was announced by Ballman Tuesday in an email to faculty and staff. Jane Olmsted, department head of Diversity & Community Studies within Potter College, said that Snyder was “told to resign.”

No official reason has been given for Snyder’s resignation. 

Caboni notified the regents of the resignation via email after it was announced by Ballman. 

Caboni also told the regents to expect further developments in this situation. 

“There likely will be additional developments as the Potter College community expresses its displeasure in this decision, which is to be expected,” Caboni said. “I will be sure to keep you appraised as we continue to work our way through this.”

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