Council of Trustees Approve Resolution of Appreciation for Retired Provost Moerland

Posted on 9/10/21 8:56 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved a resolution of appreciation for Timothy Moerland, who retired from the role of provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at IUP in August.

From left, Michael Driscoll; Mandy Moerland; Timothy Moerland; Sam Smith, chair of the IUP Council of Trustees

From left, Michael Driscoll; Mandy Moerland; Timothy Moerland; Sam Smith, chair of the IUP Council of Trustees

From left, Michael Driscoll; Mandy Moerland; Timothy Moerland; Sam Smith, chair of the IUP Council of Trustees

Trustees praised Moerland as an “invaluable member” of IUP’s leadership team, and for his “nine years of dedicated service as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.”

The resolution also recognized a number of Moerland’s achievements and work, including:

  • A record of advancing the university’s curriculum—leading the development of the University College and Academic Success Center

  • Overseeing a successful Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccreditation review

  • Streamlining the review and revision processes for IUP courses and programs and guiding several student-centered initiatives

  • Leading efforts that included developing and implementing the INSPIRE and NextGen projects

  • Leadership in developing the 2015–20 strategic plan

  • Initiating university-wide campaigns to promote free speech and civil discourse

  • Creating a campus makerspace

  • Implementing hiring practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; and

  • Supporting IUP’s record-breaking Imagine Unlimited campaign.

The Trustees also recognized Moerland’s “significant contributions on behalf of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, including taking a lead role in the Chief Academic Officers Strategic Leadership Group, representing the State System in international engagement, and representing management on a contract negotiating team.”

In making the July announcement of Moerland’s retirement, IUP President Michael Driscoll recognized Moerland’s leadership and commitment on many fronts.

“As a result of his leadership and his commitment to working collaboratively with faculty, IUP enjoys an incredibly strong group of deans; a stronger library designed to suit the needs of our faculty and students; a more efficient system to review curriculum changes; a center for international and national merit scholarships; new diversity and inclusion initiatives; and IUP has received outstanding accolades for our work to meet Middle States reaccreditation,” Driscoll said. “He also has made the hard—but necessary—decisions related to our NextGen planning.”

Lara Luetkehans, dean of the College of Education and Communications, is serving as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Sue Reig has been selected to serve as interim dean of the College of Education and Communications during Luetkehan’s tenure as interim provost.