Phyllis Callahan, Miami University’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, will retire by the end of 2019.
Callahan has worked at Miami for 31 years. She began as an assistant professor in the department of zoology in 1988. In 1999, she became a full-time professor, and in 2006 she rose to associate dean of the College of Arts and Science (CAS). Callahan later became senior associate dean, then dean of CAS.
As dean, Callahan served on Miami’s student retention committee and career services committees. She was also co-chair of the committee that created the 2020 Strategic Plan, which aimed for increased partnerships, retention rates and diversity and encouraged students to study abroad and to declare multiple majors.
As provost, Callahan manages all teaching and research done at Miami and serves as chair of the University Senate, developing and implementing policies that indicate Miami’s academic priorities.
Notably, Callahan oversaw the unveiling and first year of implementation of the Boldly Creative initiative, a $50 million project to fund research and academic programs that focus on the most sought-after careers both statewide and nationally and which allow for more partnerships between Miami and its communities.
Callahan said in an email to her colleagues that working with Miami students “has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” and she will stay on until the next provost is selected.