Wright State provost to return to a faculty job after June 30

Tom Sudkamp speaks during Wright State’s43rd commencement at the Nutter Center, Saturday, June 12, 2010.
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Tom Sudkamp speaks during Wright State’s43rd commencement at the Nutter Center, Saturday, June 12, 2010.

Wright State University’s outgoing provost will return to a faculty position after he steps down from his administration post on June 30.

Tom Sudkamp will return to a faculty position, likely in the school’s College of Computer Science and Engineering, said spokesman Seth Bauguess.

Sudkamp has served as provost and vice president for curriculum at WSU for around three years, according to the university. Sudkamp in 2015 replaced then-provost Sundaram Narayanan, who was removed amid a federal investigation into the university’s work visa program.

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The provost position is considered the top academic job at most colleges and often is thought to be the No. 2 spot to a school’s presidency. Sudkamp said he accepted the job with the goals of restoring confidence in the university’s ethics and helping to navigate Wright State’s budget problems.

In June 2017, Wright State slashed more than $30.8 million from its fiscal year 2018 budget in an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending that drained the school’s reserve fund. Just weeks ago trustees approved an FY 2019 budget that projects a $10-million decline in revenue.

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Sudkamp has served as a faculty member and chairman of the department of computer science and engineering, three terms as president of the WSU faculty, associate provost for undergraduate studies and interim provost.

He moved to the Dayton area for a research and development position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and in 1982 and began teaching computer science at Wright State, according to a biography on the university.

Last month, WSU president Cheryl Schrader announced that Susan Edwards, an administrator at Appalachian State University would become the next provost. She will join Wright State on July 30.

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