The Norman Transcript


April 8, 2014

Nancy Mergler wants to return to teaching

NORMAN — Nancy Mergler, University of Oklahoma senior vice president and provost for the Norman campus since 1995, has announced her intent to return to classroom teaching and resign her administrative post as provost, effective June 1, after serving successfully in that role for almost 20 years.

“It has been a great honor for me to serve the students, faculty and staff as the chief academic officer for the Norman campus for the past two decades,” Mergler said.

As the chief academic officer for OU’s Norman campus, the provost is responsible for intellectual standards, institutional planning and budgeting, and the recruitment, retention and development of faculty and students, as well as program development and review, academic policies and procedures, and enrollment management

Mergler implemented a 10-year plan for increasing library resources, recruited and hired more than 80 faculty for endowed positions, added more than 50 faculty to the Norman campus and strengthened admission standards for undergraduates.

Boren appointed Mergler to the provost position in 1995.

Boren said he will recommend to the OU Board of Regents that award-winning educator and author Kyle Harper, who has served as senior vice provost for OU’s Norman campus since Jan. 1, 2013, be named interim provost and senior vice president.

A psychologist, Mergler joined OU in 1987 as director of OU’s Honors program, where she served for almost 10 years, effectively growing and developing the program and positioning it for elevation to college status.

She also has guided the transition of a variety of programs to college status and mentored the first deans, including the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, the College of International Studies and the Honors College.

Mergler worked collaboratively with the Norman campus Faculty Senate to implement a post-tenure review policy, oversaw the creation of the online system for tenure and promotion review and helped hire a new dean for University Libraries.

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