New Provost Named

Leamor Kahanov

SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris has announced the appointment of Dr. Leamor Kahanov as the college’s new provost. Dr. Kahanov will begin her new job on July 8.
Dr. Kahanov comes to SUNY Oneonta from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, where she has served as dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education since 2014. Prior to her tenure there, she held positions at Indiana State University, San Jose State University and San Francisco State University.

As provost, Dr. Kahanov will lead development of the college’s academic programs, policies and supporting administrative offices. She will maintain the overall integrity of the curriculum and ensure that the academic environment encourages learning, research, creative activity and continuous growth of students and faculty.

Dr. Kahanov earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and athletic training from Indiana University, a master’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Arizona and a doctorate in education, curriculum and instruction from the University of San Francisco. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 articles published in peer-reviewed journals in the last five years and secured 20 grants, gifts and contracts for professional development events, capital projects, research and scholarships since 2011.

“I am honored to join SUNY Oneonta and look forward to collaborating with the campus community to ensure our environment maximizes student potential,” said Dr. Kahanov.

The college’s search for a new provost began last September after Dr. James Mackin announced that he would be stepping down from the position. Dr. André Melendez, who came to the college last fall as a fellow from the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute, has served as interim provost since Jan. 1.

“I appreciate Dr. Melendez stepping into the provost role for a few months, and I’m excited to have a scholar/leader of Dr. Kahanov’s caliber join SUNY Oneonta’s leadership team,” said President Morris. “I know the new provost is eager to take her post and that the community will give her a warm welcome when she arrives this summer.”

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