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APSU hires interim AVP for academic affairs

An Arkansas woman, formerly from Clarksville, has been named the interim assistant vice president for academic affairs at APSU.

Diane McDonald assumes her new duties in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs on Sept. 1, replacing Dr. Houston Davis, who has been appointed to the position of associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents.
An Arkansas woman, formerly from Clarksville, has been named the interim assistant vice president for academic affairs at APSU.

Diane McDonald assumes her new duties in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs on Sept. 1, replacing Dr. Houston Davis, who has been appointed to the position of associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

McDonald graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a Master of Business Administration. Her bachelor's degree in public administration also is from the University of Arkansas.

She comes to APSU from John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Ark., where she was the marketing specialist for graduate and professional studies. She had worked at John Brown during 2001-03 as an adjunct faculty member.

From 2003-04, McDonald worked for the APSU satellite location of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, counseling new and existing small business owners. She also served as an instructor for the Center for Extended and Distance Education.

Her previous work experience was in the private sector, working in various positions for Rheem Manufacturing since 1994.

Dr. Bruce Speck, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, said, “Diane's background fits well with the work in Academic Affairs, and I'm pleased she has accepted this one-year, interim position. Diane's winning personality will make her many friends throughout the University.”
—Dennie Burke