Change in Academic Leadership at ATU

Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced the hiring of Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University since 2016, as its provost and executive vice president.

Over the span of Abdelrahman’s tenure at ATU, the institution implemented eight new bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Business Administration degree while increasing its student retention rate by 2.73 percent from fall 2016 to fall 2017. Abdelrahman was co-chair of the ATU campus master plan process, and he oversaw the development of the ATU Interdisciplinary Research Center.

“We thank Dr. Abdelrahman for his efforts on behalf of our students and our faculty, and we wish him the best in the future,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president.

Dr. Phillip Bridgmon, associate vice president for academic affairs at ATU, will fulfill the duties of chief academic officer at Arkansas Tech during the interim period.

Bridgmon has been employed as associate vice president at ATU since Oct. 2, 2017. He was previously dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., from 2012-17.

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