Gamble named interim senior vice provost

Geoffrey L. Gamble
Dr. Geoffrey L. Gamble, former president of Montana State University, has been named interim senior vice provost at the University of North Texas.
Thursday, August 4, 2011

DENTON (UNT) – Dr. Geoffrey L. Gamble, former president of Montana State University, has been named interim senior vice provost at the University of North Texas effective Aug. 1.

"Geoff Gamble has an outstanding record, including Montana State's achievement of a Very High Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation," said Dr. Warren Burggren, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Though smaller than UNT, under Geoff's leadership Montana State surpassed $100 million in research expenditures in 2005 and has continued to build its research and academic programs to the point where Montana State is nationally known for its undergraduate programs.

"UNT's goal is to provide among the best undergraduate degree programs in Texas while also building our research portfolio. Geoff Gamble's expertise and experience will be an outstanding resource to help guide out academic programs," Burggren said.

Gamble's new role will include a wide range of strategic planning and review according to Burggren. "In addition to being the senior staff member in the Provost's Office, Geoff will be tasked with a series of important signature projects, rather than having a fixed set of duties," Burggren said. "For example, he will lead a team looking at our procedures and policies relating to institutes and centers, and will advise the Provost's senior staff on a variety of faculty-related topics based on his highly successful years at Montana State. These are a number of critical initiatives for our university brewing at the moment, and Geoff's timely guidance will be fundamental to their success."

During the past 10 years, Montana State has had 53 Goldwater Scholars – ranked in top 12 in nation – and 83 percent placement rate of students into medical schools, 90 percent scores on national the engineering exam among all students taking the exam, 90 percent score on the nursing exam with a 100 percent pass rate on the Nurse Practitioner exam and has been rated consistently among the top 10 universities on the national accountancy exam.

Gamble, who retired in 2009, currently is president emeritus and professor emeritus at Montana State, previously served as provost and senior vice president at the University of Vermont and vice provost for academic affairs at Washington State University, He holds aPh.D. in Linguistics, from the University of California, Berkeley. Gamble is the author of two books and a dozen articles on Native American languages.

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