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Zakahi named provost, VP of academic affairs at Keene State

Union Leader Correspondent

April 20. 2014 11:32PM
Keene State College has announced Dr. Walter Zakahi as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs. (COURTESY)

KEENE — Keene State College has announced Dr. Walter Zakahi as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Zakahi brings 16 years of academic leadership to his new post at Keene State College. Most recently, he has served as College of Arts and Humanities Dean at Minnesota State University, Mankato for the past four years.

“I am honored to join the leadership team at Keene State College. It became clear to me during the conversations I had leading up to my appointment that Keene State has an incredible future under the direction of President (Anne) Huot. I am thrilled to help move Keene State forward as a leading liberal arts college for the 21st century in partnership with faculty, staff and students,” Zakahi said in the announcement. “I am deeply committed to the public liberal arts mission in higher education — an education grounded in the liberal arts provides students with the tools they will need throughout their lives. Students are at the core of this mission, and my decisions are guided by the needs of students.”

Zakahi will begin to serve as Keene State College Provost on June 30.

Zakahi was chosen from a large pool of qualified candidates, according to Keene State.

“Walter’s background, which is steeped in academics, along with his executive leadership experience, commitment to public liberal arts, dedication to the success of students and his passion for a diverse learning environment, all make him a superb choice for Keene State College,” Huot said. “I am confident that faculty, staff and students alike will benefit greatly from his service. With this addition to our leadership team, Keene State College is taking an important step toward reaching its greatest potential.”

From 1991 to 2010, Zakahi served in multiple roles at New Mexico State University, from associate professor of Communication Studies, to academic associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.Zakahi served as associate professor of Communication Studies, earning tenure in 1989, at West Virginia University. Prior to his service at West Virginia University, Zakahi taught at Rutgers University as assistant professor of Communication Studies.

Zakahi earned a BS in Speech Communication at Bradley University, and an MA and PhD in Communication Studies at Bowling Green State University.

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