Miami University Provost Jason Osborne announced that Amy Bergerson will serve as the university’s first associate provost and dean for Undergraduate Education.
The announcement came on June 3, nearly two weeks after the search had narrowed down to three potential candidates, including Bergerson.
Bergerson will support undergraduate students and faculty and will also assume responsibility for student success within academic divisions across campus, including diversity and inclusion and global initiatives.
Before coming to Miami, Bergerson served as senior associate dean for undergraduate studies at the University of Utah for five years.
“Dr. Bergerson brings extensive experience, scholarship, and expertise to our new position of associate provost and dean of undergraduate education,” Osbourne said in a June 3 press release. “Her depth really showed throughout her extensive interview process.”
After receiving her doctorate from the University of Utah, Bergerson held multiple positions within the university’s office of undergraduate studies and led student support efforts focused on individual success and retention rates.
“Her primary job is to ensure our undergraduate students are as successful as possible, our faculty are well supported in serving this important mission, our policies and practices are leading-edge and our curriculum differentiates us from other institutions,” Osborne said.
As the first to fill the role of associate provost, Bergerson hopes to address needs specific to Miami students while becoming part of the campus community.
“Miami really appealed to me because everyone there is so focused on undergraduate education,” Bergerson said. “Everything is centered around the undergraduate community, which creates so many more opportunities to develop an amazing college experience.”
Bergerson’s starting work will center around the development of the new Honors College and implementing the revised Global Miami Plan.
“Developing new roles is something that I’ve focused on a lot in my career, and it’s something that I really enjoy doing,” Bergerson said. “Part of what drew me to the position in the first place was its new role on campus.”
With a passion for undergraduate education, Bergerson believes her position will allow her to assist students in making the most of their four years at Miami both in and out of the classroom.
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“College is such a terrific time,” Bergerson said. “There’s just such an amazing transformation that happens for people in college, but it can also be a really difficult time. I feel like there’s so much potential to change people’s lives for the better while they’re college students.”
Bergerson will officially begin her new role as associate provost on August 1.