Dr. Allison Langford has been named interim provost at Southwest Baptist University effective July 1 for the 2015-16 academic year, after the retirement of Dr. Bill Brown, who has served as provost since 2009.
“We are so fortunate to have someone as knowledgeable and talented as Allison to step into the interim provost position for the upcoming academic year,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “Our chief academic officer is such an important role for the University, and I am confident Allison will do a fantastic job.”
Langford has served as the associate provost for teaching and learning since October 2012. She came to SBU in August 2003 as an instructor of university studies in the University Success Center, and in January 2005, she became director of the newly formed Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program. She was promoted to assistant professor of university studies in 2010, named assistant provost in March 2011 and promoted to associate professor in 2015. She also serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet.
Langford’s degrees include a B.S. in applied mathematical sciences from Texas A&M University in 1992; M.S. in mathematics from Missouri State University in 2002; and Ed.D. in higher education from the University of Arkansas in 2010. She was named Outstanding Doctoral Student in Higher Education.
“I am honored to serve SBU as interim provost and am looking forward to leading the academic side of the University during this time of transition,” Langford said.
She is married to Joe, a 1992 SBU graduate with a B.A. in Biblical studies. They are founding members of Alliance Christian Fellowship, where Joe serves as pastor.