University College dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Elizabeth Sayrs was named Ohio University’s interim executive vice president and provost Friday following the departure of David Descutner.
In a letter to faculty and staff, OU President Duane Nellis wrote that Descutner’s medical condition required his full attention for a complete recovery. The next steps, he wrote, would be announced in early 2018.
“Dr. Sayrs was an obvious choice for me as she has proven to be a highly-valued and trusted member of the institutional leadership team,” Nellis said in a news release. “I know she will excel in this position just as she has in every other position in which she has ever been asked to serve.”
The university is engaged in a nationwide search for its next executive vice president and provost. The seat was vacated in May by Pam Benoit, who accepted a position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
According to a news release, Sayrs will develop a transition plan later this month to find a “qualified individual” to serve in her current role. The university will notify the campus of Sayrs’ selection at a later date.
Sayrs will begin as interim executive vice president and provost Jan. 16.
Correction: A previous version of this report misstated one of Elizabeth Sayrs' titles. The article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information.