Michael Selmon has overseen significant academic program growth during his 15 years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alma College. He will deliver the college’s 2018 commencement address.
Commencement takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the Hogan Center, Art Smith Arena. A baccalaureate service precedes graduation at 10:30 a.m. in Dunning Memorial Chapel.
Selmon has been a member of the Alma College faculty since 1991 and provost since 2003. He retires as provost at the end of this academic year and will return to full-time teaching as a member of the Alma College English faculty.
“Michael has been a great leader for Alma College and will remain a trusted colleague for all of us for the years to come,” says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy. “He brings a combination of intelligence, wisdom and good humor to his work as an administrator. I am delighted that our students will hear from him as they think about their lives beyond Alma.”
During Selmon’s tenure as provost, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was introduced and several new majors have been added in high-demand fields, including biotechnology, environmental studies, health care administration, neuroscience, new media studies and special education.
As provost, Selmon leads efforts to ensure the quality of the faculty and student body by providing leadership in matters related to instruction, faculty support and recognition, library, academic support services, the registrar’s office and Presidential Honors Program.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and mathematics and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Miami University. He also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English literature from the University of Maryland.