Carl Fox resigns from position as assistant provost

Dean of the Graduate School Carl Fox resigned to take a job at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “I’m going to miss our students,” said Fox. “I love seeing students come through here, succeed, and get a good job or just a career. That’s what my office is all about.” Shaban Athuman/HERALD

Samantha Wright

After his short time as the assistant provost and dean of the Graduate School, Carl Fox will be leaving the Hill for a position at another university. 

In an email to faculty and staff sent Thursday, Sept. 3, David Lee, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, announced Fox’s resignation from his post to accept another position at a different university. 

Fox has been assistant provost and dean of the Graduate School since March 2013. He will finish at WKU on Oct. 31. 

His new place of employment is the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as the director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. 

Lee said he will announce an interim dean shortly, and the interim dean will start no later than Nov. 1.

He said Fox has served WKU admirably.

“Dean Fox has pursued a number of projects related to graduate education at WKU, but in particular he has worked hard to build enrollments in our graduate programs and to strengthen our graduate assistantship offers,” Lee said. 

Fox said he decided to leave WKU because it was “an opportunity to be closer to family and work more closely in the development of university-based research and development.”

He added that he learned the value of people while here, and he plans to use that at his new place of employment.

“People are our most important resource,” Fox said.

His proudest achievement is “the increased cohesiveness of the Graduate School staff and the recognition of its role and purpose of the Graduate School at WKU,” he said.

The interim dean of Potter College, Larry Snyder, said Fox’s presence will be missed not only in the Graduate School but in other organizations as well.

“He was also a valuable member of the Intellectual Property Committee and board member of the WKU Research Foundation,” Snyder said. “His expertise will certainly be missed there.”