Brooklyn, New York – Medgar Evers College President Dr. William L. Pollard announced the recent appointment of Dr. Karrin E. Wilks as Interim Provost & Senior Vice President. Dr. Wilks, who has extensive experience in the fields of academic affairs and strategic planning and is a former Senior Vice President of the Vermont State Colleges, and until recently, served as University Dean for Undergraduate Studies at The City University of New York since 2010, where she was responsible for policies aimed at improving student learning outcomes, particularly to increase retention and graduation rates and to promote excellence in undergraduate education. She was Senior Vice President at the Vermont State Colleges from 2006 to 2010, where she was a member of the executive leadership team for a five-college public higher education system with more than 13,000 students.

Dr. Wilks has wide experience in academic affairs and strategic planning and brings a record of exemplary achievement in promoting academic excellence, student success and access to public higher education.

As University Dean for Undergraduate Studies at CUNY since 2010, Dr. Wilks has worked with the University’s K-12 partners to improve college readiness and success rates in CUNY’s developmental education programs; expanded high impact, evidence-based practices in the first year and beyond; and has helped ease transfer across CUNY colleges. She has also played a key role in assessing general education outcomes and supporting efforts to improve pedagogy across disciplines.

Dr. Wilks was Senior Vice President at the Vermont State Colleges from 2006 to 2010, where she reported directly to the Chancellor and worked closely with the Board of Trustees, five college presidents and the academic deans to enhance the system’s capacity to provide access, educational quality and service to students. Prior to that she was Vice President for Academic and Strategic Planning at the Vermont State Colleges from 2001 to 2006, serving as the system’s chief strategic planning and academic officer.

From 1996 to 2001 Dr. Wilks was Director of Academic Affairs at the Vermont State Colleges, serving as the chief academic officer for five colleges. Her responsibilities included overseeing academic program development and review, designing system-wide faculty development initiatives, representing the system in state-level and national preK-16 initiatives, and leading special system-wide academic projects such as the Learning Communities grants. During 1994-95 she was the Curriculum Developer for IBM Burlington Education Services, under the auspices of the University of Vermont/Vermont State Colleges Consortium. She served as a course and program developer for a team managing education and training for approximately 6300 employees.

Dr. Wilks is a 1982 graduate of Middlebury College, where she received her B.A. in American history with a minor in creative writing and made the Dean’s List. She earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont in 1985 and 1993, respectively.


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